In which we delve into business-speak to solve crime
This isn't a new discovery.
The real question is: how exactly do you positively impact the Maslow hierarchy outlined? How would present welfare programs be different if also oriented toward "reducing crime"?
It is far from clear to me that it is basic food and housing prompting property crimes as opposed to say, drug abuse. I'm sure there is some, but all of the research I've seen shows only a 20% increase in criminality of those thrown off welfare vs. those still on it.
Compare this 20% to the 43% of incarcerated criminals coming from single parent families...
I would also suggest looking at what people are stealing. If it is food or some other very basic Maslow hierarchy category, that is one thing. But if it is iPhones and Tide for resale, that is a very different dynamic.
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