Becker’s The Economics of Crime http://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/special_reports/economics_of_crime/pdf/economics_of_crime.pdf
Becker feels that crime is a world problem. He implements new policies with weighing the risk against the reward, and strengthen families. The concept of the economics of crime Becker considers the approach of realizing why crime is committed and an effort to reduce excessive criminal activities. Becker stated that there is a decision whether to commit a crime but weighing the benefits also the cost of committing the crime.
Becker feels that ethics have a major impact knowing what is right and wrong also understanding crime. According to Becker’s views, the poor and uneducated people are more likely to commit a crime. With statistics these are the people who live in poverty neighborhoods. The odds are against them, with no education they are less likely to succeed in life. Age has a great deal with crime. Teenagers who live in poverty commit a lot of crimes, also teenagers are subject to peer pressure and joining gangs.
Becker feels that when people go to prison the learn how to be better criminals. When they get out they struggle with getting good jobs because of their criminal records. Understanding crime relates to understanding the cause of high recidivism.
Improving opportunities with quality schools, increasing minimum wage, strengthening families are several actions that need to be in place to reduce crime.
Becker observed drug user commit crimes at high rates, and creates an argument whether the drug use causes criminal behavior or whether drug users tend to also to be criminals.
Becker also mentioned the gun control policies, the three strike law, and the actual conviction and imprisonment.
Becker’s Economic of Crime relates to the classical criminology belief, where he stated the punishment is important but punishment for a risk taker would be more deterrent that the magnitude of the punishment if...