Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: "I don't know if poverty causes crime"
The studies are pretty clear - most people identify crime with "black people". The reason is simple - they are most of the "poor people". Poor whites commit crimes at about the same rates as poor blacks, in fact, given the rise of methamphetamines they may soon out strip their less-crack addicted black brothers. Poverty, not race, causes crime, because alcohol and drug abuse cause crime, and poor people are more likely to be addicted to drugs. Poor people who are not addicted to drugs really don't commit anymore crime than middle class people.
It is a vicious cycle - a person born to poverty and child abuse finds drugs or alcohol as a way to escape their plight. So they commit crimes. So it looks like this:
Poverty ->Child Abuse-> Drug Abuse -> Crime -> Prison -> Poverty ->Child Abuse -> Drug Abuse ->Crime
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