posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 04:51 AM
Ive dealt with poverty at the community level, i sat on the childrens panel, a type of court if you like that dealt with crimes againt and commited by
children. I noticed that social deprevation and low levels of education in the poorest families led to annincrease in specific crimes, eg, vandalism
and theft. however there tended not to be a great deal of violence involved. in families that where better of the crimes where more violent, eg.
mugging, drugs related etc. The article touched very briefly on looking at underlying harms that tip the balance.
An example of this is a child who is neglected, taken of their parents and housed in a childrens home. if this child is not counseled about the events
that occured there is a very high chance the child will become an offender in one way or another.
The 80's in the Uk was a boom time for the rich, but the poorest people become poorer, had less access to education and a decent level of living. I
can see where the prof is coming from, but i dont think the article sheds enough light on underlying causes, it could have been more indepth.