Dr Crime – Nov 2019

Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist holding a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note at the website www.keepkidshome.net If you or your child is in trouble, he may be able to help, give him a call (252-339-0000).

Dear Dr. Crime: Why do social groups helping their members more than folks in other social groups matter to so many people?? Everybody does it. White/Black/Hispanic fellow.

Dear Concerned Fellow: If you go to https://www.findlaw.com/ on the internet you can find legal decisions showing it is often not legal. Also, there are moral aspects to consider. For Dr. Crime, the impact on crime is vital. Strong research in Vol. 73 #7 of American Psychologist is a review of many studies showing that the impact of racial / ethnic discrimination on adolescents is poorer self-esteem, lower school grades, more risky sexual behaviors and drug use. Also, they have more delinquent friends. So everyone is better off is we can create a fairer world for everyone.

Dear Dr. Crime: Have the mass shootings impressed people widely or not? Angry citizen

Dear Angry: Join the club. I hear from a lot of people that want a safer world. A recent survey fond that 1/3 of adult Americansfear going places in their communities. It is twice as high for Hispanics as for whites. And 63% of parents fear their kids may be in a mass shooting. We have a problem!

Dear Dr. Crime: What is house arrest? Mary Lou

Dear Mary Lou: Courts can sentence convicted offenders to remain in their own home, not leaving the premises, rather than go to jail. The State of Florida has used that option since the mid-1980s and report that incarceration rates have dropped markedly since the program’s inception. The crooks pay restitution, pay the State to offset the cost of supervision, and work to support dependents and families. Sounds good .

Dear Dr. Crime: Does capital punishment reduce crimes(1)? Victim.

Dear Victim: Research in a law journal reported that capital punishment has a strong deterrent effect; each execution results, on average, in eighteen fewer murders.

Dear Dr. Crime: How do I find a lawyer. I am in trouble. Bad Girl.

Dear Bad Girl: Try “Legal Match” at the website:www.legalmatch.com

Dear Dr. Crime: Where is the highest murder rate in the world? Traveler.

Dear Traveler: Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate, with 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people.

Also, if your child is a “youthful offender” and- or having problems, Dr. Crime can offer confidential suggestions on how to work with the criminal justice system. Or, a formal criminological report for a court or other authority may help. For more information see www.keepkidshome.net or email drcrime@keepkidshome.net