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Compare and contrast the roles the prison system, the family, and the social stratification system play in either contributing to or alleviating the problem of crime

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Crime that is perpetuated within a family or a particular area of a city, etc. can often be traced to socio-economic factors. Young people who grow up in poverty and are looking for ways to get out of the situation, they may be pulled toward a direction that involves criminal activity. For example, if a child grows up around poverty, and even possibly around criminal activity, they are more likely to commit crimes or become involved in negative behavior. There is a lot of research about how poverty is often linked with more family problems, because it just adds another layer of difficulty to the situation. If a family has parents or only one parent working full time or more than one low paying job, this is stressful. Perhaps the parent is not working and uneducated and dependent ...

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The solution provides advise that explains the roles of the prison system, the family and social stratification on deviance and criminality especially in the debate of alleviating crime.

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