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Short Essay on How Society Can Contribute in Making Criminals
Society is directly responsible for the formation of a criminal through a lack of opportunities both educationally and occupationally, and by negative stereotypes that are reinforced socially. While individuals have free will and are responsible god their own actions, so too should society be responsible for a lack of opportunities one is afforded to better themselves. Without a proper education and job, an individual is more likely to resort to crime through necessity.
When an individual is young and impressionable, their environment is imperative to the development of who they will be as an adult. If an individual has a parent or sibling that is incarcerated the chances of the person being incarcerated increase significantly.
Even more detrimental there is a lack of a formation of a family structure, the individual is going to use the authoritative people in their lives as surrogates in lieu of their family dynamics. If the individuals who surround them are in to illegal behavior, that behavior will be considered less taboo.
Even when a biological parent is not in the lives of a criminal, their biological make-up can be just as damaging. Individuals who suffer from a mental illness are four times more likely to become incarcerated than their emotionally healthy counterparts. Mental illness has been shown to be passed on through genetics, especially from father to son.
In summary, society is equally as responsible for the formation of the criminal. Genetics and environment play a large role in the development of a person becoming a criminal. By affording individuals who are high-risk with opportunities both educationally and occupationally, we as a society are fulfilling the responsibility we have to lessen the chance of crime.
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