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NCJ Number: 163139 Find in a Library
Title: Why Do So Many Young American Men Commit Crimes and What Might We Do About It?
Journal: Journal of Economic Perspectives  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1996)  Pages:25-42
Author(s): R B Freeman
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 18
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This essay attempts to determine why so many young American men engage in crime and suggests remedies.
Abstract: Participation in crime and involvement with the criminal justice system has reached such levels as to become part of normal economic life for many young men, particularly less- educated and black men. This essay contains evidence that labor market incentives influence the level of crime and argues that the depressed labor market for less-skilled men in the 1980s and 1990s has contributed to the rise in criminal activity by less- skilled men. Data are presented in the following subject areas: Magnitudes of Criminal Involvement; Trends in Criminal Participation; Labor Market Causes of Crime; The Relative Rewards of Crime; Responses to the Return to Crime; and Crime, Incarceration and Economic Life. Increased resources for police to prevent crime, incarceration of criminals during their most crime-intensive years, and increased legitimate opportunities for the less-skilled would seem to offer a way to deter at least some young men from committing crimes. Footnotes, figure, tables, references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Corrections; Crime Causes; Crime prevention measures; Economic analysis of crime; Education-crime relationships; Juveniles; Labor force analysis; Statistics; Unemployment
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