DOES POVERTY CAUSE CRIME?


"I'm depraved on account I'm deprived" says a juvenile delinquent to Police Officer Krupke in the 1950s Bernstein and Sondheim stage musical West Side Story. The delinquent's excuse linking deprivation and depravation echoes today in the claim that poverty causes blacks to commit murder and other crimes at a higher rates than non-blacks. This persistent claim is analyzed at the links below.