The fact that most white collared crime goes uninvestigated and unprotected is probably one reason why more crime is associated with poverty. If we were hitting rock bottom, with no roof over our heads, no food to eat how would we react?
However by stating there is a connection, what we are really saying is that poor people are intrinsically criminal which also suggests that they are inherently poor as well. Throw into that equation a bunch of hungry children and loved ones, what would our reaction be then?
The art of printing has diffused the knowledge of those philosophical truths, by which the relations between sovereigns and their subjects, and between nations, are discovered.
By this knowledge, commerce is animated, and there has sprung up a spirit of emulation, and industry, worthy of rational beings.
Happy are those few nations, who have not waited, till the slow succession of human vicissitudes, should, from the extremity of evil, produce a transition to good; but, by prudent laws, have facilitated the progress from one to the other!
And how great are the obligations due from mankind to that philosopher, who from the obscurity of his closet, had the courage to scatter amongst the multitude, the seeds of useful truths, so long unfruitful!
These are the produce of this enlightened age; but the cruelty of punishments, and the irregularity of proceeding in criminal cases, so principal a part of the legislation, and so much neglected throughout Europe, has hardly ever been called in question.
Errors, accumulated through many centuries, have never been exposed by ascending to general principles; nor has the force of acknowledged truths been ever opposed to the unbounded licentiousness of ill-directed power, which has continually produced so many authorized examples of the most unfeeling barbarity.
The lack of privacy, the overcrowding, the poor sanitation, all contribute to a feeling of wanting to find an escape. Rehabilitation of the victims of poverty is an issue that needs to be taken more seriously.
It is not about wanting a better life; it about wants to “just, exist with dignity.”Only the eradication of poverty can bring about radical change. Basic needs like food, shelter and sanitation are basic rights and should be provided by the government. If the dignity of a man is restored, half the battle is won.