Criminal factors Essay

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criminal factors

What makes criminals?
by: Brian Minor

Have you ever wondered why some social groups are more prone to crime than others are?
Should we conclude that some groups are more prone to crime or that they are just put in a
situation that makes them more likely to commit crimes? In spite of the research in the
past years there is still no conclusive evidence as to why some people in the same
situations choose to commit crimes while the others don't. There are numerous reasons that
offenders resort to crime; Families, gender, economic status, age, and race are all valid
explanations said by many theorists as to why certain social groups commit crimes, and why
certain groups stay away.

Married life is the norm of our society but it can also cause strain and anguish. Along
with the anointing of a new life, there also comes new problems. Often times the choice of
getting married is the first major decision in a young man or woman's life, and soon there
are more relatives, more bills, conflicting plans, annoying habits that one's spouse may
develop, children, being that fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce, these are
things that most couples cannot overcome, society is to the point where for every marriage
there is a coinciding divorce. When these new hurdles are not overcome then a broken home
is the most common result. When this happens, then the likelihood of a person being driven
to crime skyrockets. One starts to think that they are worthless and that they are
destined to be lonely forever, once this occurs, crime is their next option. A broken
family can generate in different ways, divorce, death, or separation. Marriage is a common
but not the most likely reason that some resort to crime.

Someone who usually commits a crime at a young age is often identified as a born criminal,
these reckless actions for a helpless and innocent child are passed down as a result of
hereditary traits that pass from one generation to the next. It is said that these
offending children do not know any better because of their traits, and the enviroment that
they are brought up in (Erikson 1964). These children specialize in crime and delinquency
just as others may specialize in the classroom or sports. They aren't able to tell the
difference between a deviant act or something productive such as an A in the classroom.

"When we define someone or some group as deviant - we strengthen our own position and
simplify our response to the "other": we can ignore, expunge, destroy, or rehabilitate
them. We convince ourselves of our own normalcy by condemning and controlling those who
disagree. Deviance is a phenomenon situated in power: Winners are the good and the normal;
Losers are the sick, the crazy, and the evil. Deviance therefore exists in opposition to
those who attempt to control it - to those who have power." (Phofl, 1994)

When crime becomes part of a child's life at an early age, they begin to consider it as
second nature. Born criminal's look at prison as a place in which food and shelter are
guaranteed without having to do much labor and more often than not, they are made to sit
and do nothing and be fed and clothed for free, which makes prison more comfortable than
the community or city that they are from. Society may force people to fall back into
crime, with institutions, segregation and surveillance, these constant reassurances of
their not being able to function outside of prison deprived them of any chance of leading
a normal life. The only way these individuals know to survive is to simply return to the
so called houses of correction and prisons.

There has always been a reluctance to accept poverty officially as a cause of crime. Being
employed can mean many things, one could work few hours or work for such a low wage that
they fall under the title of being employed but they still need another income. This, for
some people, results in crime, typically property crime for males and prostitution for
females. Economic conditions do correlate with certain crime rates and these circumstances
cast their influence far into our societies. Property crime is a solution to most economic
difficulty. Unemployment is a serious social problem because it puts strains on
communities and families. For example, during the periods of severe unemployment, theft,
alcoholism, depression, suicide and domestic violence all show an increase. The main
reason for the correlation between theft and unemployment is that some people, when they
cannot earn an income from legal work, turn to illegal

activities. As a result the amount of theft increases.
Male crime is usually considered to be more masculine than female crime, typically much
more violent. Strictly 'male' offenses are: rape, indecent exposure, abduction of female,
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