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Old September 19th, 2012 (3:49 PM).
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    This relies heavily on your definition of crime. Ive lived, and am still living, in poverty. Ive been as hard pressed to sleep in allies before. I have stolen. Food mostly. A couple less helpful things (alchohol cigarettes) but ALSO the thing to be noted is the poverty is not an incurable position. Every day I work harder to bring myself to a higher point. I now live with my fiances grandmother, where I work very hard all day with her son (fiances uncle.) Im searching for a job. Ive held jobs but previous injuries cause big problems. The point is if your stealing for food to survive, I do not few it as crime but as survival instinct. But being in poverty I have stolen useless consumables simply to drown reality. So I can affirm with no doubt nor reservation in my heart poverty does lead to crime. However the poverty we are stricken with isn't just our fault. The increasing taxes on businesses make them not want to hire. The increasing requirements just to get a drivers license or regain a license limits the poor heavily in the job department. You need a license just to wash cars at a dealership. Ive been in this hole. And Im climbing out. But do not let others fool you into believing it is easy or entirely in fault of the person in the situation.
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    Poverty definitely gives reason to crime, but more reasons than non-poverty? No, I don't think so- just different ones. I see wealthy people ruining the lives of millions of people every day, far more of a criminal influence than those in poverty.

    Poor people just don't have the luxury of being puppet masters controlling puppets to commit their crimes while they hide in the shadows, seemingly innocent. And most poor people crimes can't be covered up by loopholes, or be paid to 'disappear'.
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    Poverty definitely gives reason to crime, but more reasons than non-poverty? No, I don't think so- just different ones. I see wealthy people ruining the lives of millions of people every day, far more of a criminal influence than those in poverty.

    Poor people just don't have the luxury of being puppet masters controlling puppets to commit their crimes while they hide in the shadows, seemingly innocent. And most poor people crimes can't be covered up by loopholes, or be paid to 'disappear'.
    Pretty close to the cutoff but w/e

    I think if anything, poverty/low socioeconomic status can predispose one to committing criminal acts. I think the psychological aspect of criminality and how economic inequality fuels it is pretty interesting.
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    Old October 21st, 2012 (12:14 PM).
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      Not necessarily. I think it has MUCH more to do with upbringing and external influence such as the person's friends, if they have a mental disorder, etc.. rather than how much money they have in the first place. It can be a factor, but I think it is a minor factor compared to others I've just stated.
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