The Epidemic Of The 1950 's And The 1960 's There Was A War On Poverty

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In the 1950’s and the 1960’s there was a war on poverty. The strain theories was the most used, and was the theories of choice by criminologist to solving crimes, and had an enormous effect on public policy. Criminologist strain theories in the 1980’s put the earlier strain theories under attack by arguing the theories had little effect on crime research. The newer criminologist argued that the older theories should be abandoned (Agnew, 1985). The earlier strain theories came under attack because the theories was unable to explain why crime rates peak during adolescence, and the study using self-reports measuring of crime revealed relationships between social class and delinquency is weaker than most criminologist thought previously (Agnew, 1985). One of the main attacks on the strain theory came when the earlier criminologist argued crime should be highest among people that do not expect to achieve their educational and occupational goals. The newer criminologist found that crime was the highest when it was low educational, and occupational goals this was consistent in the integration into the control theory. These types of people do not care about life or society, so they don’t have much to lose so they result to crime (Agnew, 1985). This theory goes back to delinquency where a person has to live with family in a neighborhood go to the same schools, and hang out with the same peers in the same neighborhood. Being a juvenile in these types of setting there is nothing one…

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