5 Things to Know About Poverty and Crime
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- Journalists need to be aware of both crime prevention programs and public defender systems. Georgia journalists should be in touch with Doug Ammar , Executive Director of the Georgia Justice Project. Their mission as stated on their Web site: “GJP’s mission is to eliminate injustices in the criminal justice system experienced by poor people who are the most often accused and to provide them with resources to advance their human potential, proving that the cycle of poverty and crime can be broken.”
- I think when you are poor you have a lack of choices. I think people become a bit more desperate. Regardless of race, a desperate person is going to look for an opportunity to put bread on the table somehow and unfortunately that is done illegally in some cases. (91)
- There’s a very strong correlation. People who have good jobs and a decent income generally aren’t involved in crime. (93)
- Poverty tends to be more prevalent in a community where you have a lot of adolescents, unless they are all going to college. (93)
- Consider these questions: What’s being done to help people coming out of prison into jobs? Are inmates able to get education in prison? What sort of legal assistance is available to poor people? How do sentences for the same crime vary by race and income?