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Why are Most Convicted Criminals Young, Male and Working-Class?

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Why are Most Convicted Criminals Young, Male and Working-Class? Official crime statistics show that young, working-class males commit most crime. The following are some reasons that I can think of to explain these generalisations. Young I think young people commit crime as they are out of the age group when their parents closely supervise them. Their curfews may have been extended and parents tend to give them a bit more space, privacy and freedom. They are no longer treated as children but are denied the same rights and responsibilities as adults. This can make them feel deprived of status in society and suffer from what sociologists call status frustration. This simply means that they are frustrated their lack of independent status in society. They are also at the stage when their friends are an important part of their (social) life. They want to impress their mates as well as searching for thrills and status among the peer group. ...read more.

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Male Statistics also suggest that males are more likely to offend than females and only about four percent of the prison population are females. I think this could be due to gender role socialisation and the way in which the bringing up of males and females differ. Teenage girls are more likely to be closely supervised by their parents and boys are thought to be given more freedom, as I have already mentioned above. Boys have also been brought up to thinking that their expected behaviour is aggressive, confident, violent and especially dominant. This could lead them to be more involved in crime than girls, whereas girls are prevented from getting involved in crime in the first place due to the close supervision by their parents. It might also be due to the police stereotype. A stereotype is an exaggerated and distorted view of a social group. An example is how police think men are more likely to get involved in crime and therefore see women as not a threat. ...read more.

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Working-class. According to the official crime statistics, working-class people are more likely to be arrested and charged for crimes than those of other social classes. This could be due to the fact that most people desire success and prosperity. Working-class people have relatively fewer opportunities to succeed through means that are legal. As a consequence, they may turn to crime. This could also be due to police stereotype again. Working-class people fit more closely to what the police expect and therefore there is a greater police presence in working-class areas than middle class areas. Crime rates will therefore be higher in working-class areas but only because there are more police there that can respond straightaway to criminal deeds. These are the only explanations I can find to explain why a lot more criminals are young, male and working class. Most of it is due to police stereotype and what they expect to find, as this is what determines where most of the policemen are located. Where there are a lot of policemen, more crime will be detected, which means more criminals being arrested, later convicted. Farzana Jalil 10N 01/03/02 ...read more.

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