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Kids Blamed for Crime Spike

May 16, 2007


The violent crime rate is up again, according to the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Justice blames teens and young people for the rise in crime. The Bush administration is calling for more stringent juvenile crime punishments. But, it turns out poverty may be the real culprit, which puts sometimes insurmountable burdens on family life. Lysa Parker with Attachment Parenting International in Nashville says studies have repeatedly shown that children are hard-wired to seek out strong emotional attachments, and if they don't get that at home, they look for them somewhere else.

"Oftentimes, as we talk about gangs, these children seek out gangs as a substitution for the families they don't have."

The Justice Department report also shows children of color and Native American children are more likely than white kids to end up in the prison system, and they're more likely to live in poverty as well.

Parker adds that infants and children don't always find the nurturing and care they need in the stressful world their parents inhabit, and that's a prescription for violence later in life.

"Look at the school shooters, serial killers. These are not gang members, but these are people who had no social connections."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - TN