U.S. Crime Part 3: Potential Solutions

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Welcome back to part 3 (part 1, part 2) of my discussion on crime in America. Today, I will focus on some of the solutions that have been discussed by criminologist to help alleviate crime. The external environment that we are influenced by has drastically changed since the early 1990s. These changes include a shift in social policy reforms, economic opportunities, drug market and the escalation of violent crimes. As crimes continue to become worse, policy makers need to focus more attention on social issues rather then spreading propaganda, engaging in sexual crimes against minors and implementing laws to protect and benefit themselves. Below are just a few of my recommendations towards crime prevention.

Improving social policies to better assistance the poor. The argument has been made that the welfare program is not poverty_foodstamps.jpghelping many lower-class families. Is this a reason many chose to turn to drugs and crime due to the inefficiency of the current welfare system? The welfare system must not encourage dependency but rather responsibility in that each welfare recipient is expected to give back in one way or another to the system. Also, greater emphasis must be paid to financially supporting lower class educational facilities in our poorest areas.

 

Increasing economic aid to poor communities. If the U.S. can spend 14-15% of its GDP on health care each year and still not covering 45 million of its citizens with some poor.jpgreasonable health care plan. I believe the U.S. can afford to enact policies that would give economic aid packages to local communities that are deemed financially handicapped.

 

Enforcing current legislation against violence crimes. What does this mean? It means an end to early releases and plea bargains. Simply put, if you do the crime you do the jail-cells.jpgtime. We should not be rewarding criminals just because they served 5/10 years in prison with good behavior therefore they are socially rehabilitated.

 

 

 

Last thought as it relates to the killings of several young girls in the Amish community. I believe his case was psychiatric in nature. What do you guys think? Is it awareness that should have been put into practice by his wife and closest friends? There were certainly signs of his withdrawal and depression leading up to the brutal killings.

What do you think of my recommendations? Do you have your own recommendations towards crime?

Thanks for reading and please comment if you have your own opinion on this issue!

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