Crimes of the Poverty Stricken vs. the Affluent

875 WordsJan 25, 20184 Pages
The crimes of today are vast and varied amongst the different socioeconomic statuses. Crimes committed by poverty stricken individuals are many times out of necessity. For example, a mother who needs to feed her children will often resort to stealing food or small, expensive items that can be converted to cash. “Poverty can lead to high levels of stress that in turn may lead individuals to commit theft, robbery, or other violent acts.”(Taylor 2006). On the other side of the coin there are also the crimes committed by the affluent. For many of the same reasons such as stress; stress to succeed or compete with the neighbours or others in the same socioeconomic status. There is also another dimension to consider that is often overlooked; the degree of violence or careless disregard of others when these crimes are committed. The media highlights on a daily basis, crimes being committed across the nation. The news is usually about the smaller crimes committed by the poverty stricken. Robbery, theft, gang violence, domestic abuse and drug raids are the hallmark of the news and very often it is acknowledged, sadly, as a part of day to day life. However, the big news that catches the attention of almost everyone is the child abductions, murders and rapes. More often than not these crimes are committed by people that come from affluence. Andrew Luster, the great-grandson of Max Factor Cosmetics magnate Max Factor Senior and heir to the family fortune was living on a 3.8

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