Treating the symptoms of the disease, while costly at first, would undoubtedly, over time, result in less money spent and fewer people victimized.
If, say, a young man or woman is consistently molested, there is a chance that child could grow up to be a pedophile unless some sort of intensive action occurs to remedy the situation, beyond removing the child from the home.
Children born to addicts have the odds stacked against them.
Violence births violence.
Our children often do as we do, not as we say, which is why the lying, cheating and stealing likely started a few generations back.
Even decent people at times act as criminals to satisfy basic needs when living in poverty, and those needs grow like a cancerous tumor along with the crimes if the people are not so decent.
And this mindset that hard work pays off is about as truthful as the earth’s flatness, except even in the wake of statistics people close their eyes, plug their ears and squeal “nanny nanny goo goo” to that reality. Countless individuals work intensely hard yet barely put food on the table due to pathetic wages and suffer from inadequate to no to overwhelmingly expensive health insurance.
Anyone reading this could accuse me of fueling my assumptions with stereotypes and generalizations.
Stereotypes and generalizations are stereotypes and generalizations because numbers back them up. I’m a fierce advocate for benefit of the doubt over assumption because you never know when you might oppress someone. But if say, 8 out of 10 children born to crack heads do not succeed, then there is nothing wrong with rolling with that stereotype and tackling the problem at its root to offer those children an improved chance at success, at the same time reducing costs in the long run by decreasing crime.
Reach Editor Stephen Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.