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Is there a connection between money and juvenile crimes?

Asked by HistorycallGENERAL (10points) 3 weeks ago from iPhone

I am supposed to prepare 4 arguments for the class, but I didn’t find anything good or concrete and I am genuinely interested . Only that poverty affects juvenile delinquency

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zenvelo's avatar

@HistorycallGENERAL ”...Only that poverty affects juvenile delinquency

You have it there- lack of money correlates to juvenile crime.

The reasons include:
1. Substandard role models
2. Lack of supervision
3. Lack of early education opportunities
4. General acceptance of illegal behavior in the neighborhood.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Of course there is a connection. But if you are looking for the easiest course for exposition on the subject, you should concentrate on the most blatant aspect of the matter. The truth on juvenile justice mirrors that
of adults, in that for all practical matters, poverty itself is a crime. There are many ways of stating this. The rich don’t go to jail, good lawyers are expensive, and the system is geared to snare those without money.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Since TV plays a major part of teaching a child from infancy to adult that to be valuable one must be rich ( materialistic) otherwise become the lowest on the heap.
Commercials and Games ( online or on TV ) are molding there minds to accept a way of life that is depicted on the screens.
They are been manipulated to be consumers in the future.

Patty_Melt's avatar

There is the want for things viewed as status items.

There is frequently an addiction involved.

Juvenile unemployment is due to several reasons. The individual could be lazy, or unaware of how to obtain employment, or jobs are not available at entry level.
Money being viewed as the ultimate status marker, being without job can leave juveniles feeling inadequate.
For some juveniles, maybe most, having money is more important than how they get it. Stealing, gambling, manufacture and/or distribution of drugs, and more are illegal means to acquire money, and plenty of youth are willing to resort to illegal means to acquire money.

Zaku's avatar

Some but not all.

Seems to me most of the juvenile crime I witnessed as a juvenile was about chafing against the social condition of being a juvenile.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@Zaku can you explain how your statement involves money and/or juvenile crime?

snowberry's avatar

I live in the US.

You’ve got to take into account laws that were intended to protect children actually prevent them from earning money, I was talking to an employer the other day, and she told me that the restrictions are so strict she can’t hire anyone under 18. In her state at least, they can’t run any kind of machinery, (mowing grass), use any sort of dangerous chemicals (such as cleaning toilets), or use knives (prep work in a kitchen), and that’s just the beginning of the list! This of course affects the poorest kids the hardest, and kills motivation, opportunities, dreams, etc.

Zaku's avatar

@Patty_Melt The question here is “Is there a connection between money and juvenile crimes?”. My answer is that sometimes there is a connection, and sometimes there is not.

And that in my actual experience as a juvenile, observing juveniles do crimes, most of those cases seem to me were not much about money, but were more about expressing reactions to the juveniles’ treatment by their parents and other authorities, expectations, and other youth acting out.

Money may have been involved in some cases (e.g. stealing money, or causing damages that ends up involving money for others to undo the damage), but the cases I observed were usually not, it seems to me, primarily about money.

e.g. not about money. Child feels powerless and emasculated by parental and school authority. Takes it out on others by vandalizing other people’s property and by bullying and assaulting others, prank calling 911, etc.

e.g. Money but not what it’s about: Child feels lack of attention, acknowledgement, affection, respect from parent who is well off but gives them paltry allowance and restricts candy consumption to “Candy Day” one piece per week. Child responds by stealing money from parent (wants attention – hopes parent cares enough to notice and talk to them about it, parent does notice but is too uninvolved to do anything about it). Child responds by using that money to buy candy, or just to shoplift candy, hoards candy, etc.

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