Essay about Interconnection to Social Problems

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The Interconnection of Social Problems
By: Kelly L. Dudley
September 2, 2012
SOC 203: Social Problems
Professor Barbara Carter

We are going to discuss the overlap of crime, punishment, and poverty. Here are the points that will be elaborated on: Criminal sanctions and victimization work to form a system of disadvantage that perpetuates stratification and poverty; Punishment impacts individuals convicted of felonies, as well as their families, peer groups, neighborhoods, and racial group; After controlling for population differences, African Americans are incarcerated approximately seven times as often as Whites; Variation in criminal punishment is linked to economic deprivation; As the number of felons and former felons rises,
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