How we can stop crime in our community

By Jenine Walker

People stereotype different kinds of people they think that commit crime but in reality anyone is capable of committing a crime. Young people old people rich or poor and all races it doesn't matter where you're from it can happen to anyone. People make choices and not all of them are good. When they get caught for their crime they think that it was a mistake they made but it was a choice. Sure some people don't get caught for their actions but that doesn't mean you won't be that person. People don't understand why the law and the police exist they're there to protect us. Without them our world and life would be a mess and in chaos. They give us consequences for our actions but we all need consequences for our actions or else we won't understand it's wrong and just might end up in even worse trouble.

Since the youth are the future adults need to help us become better people with the help of everyone. One way to stop youth from committing crimes is too give them meaning and purpose. One of the main reasons why kids commit crimes is because they're bored. "Idle hands are the devils workshop" (T. Fuller 1732) applies to my statement. When you're bored and can't think of anything to do you tend to think of ideas in your head that could resolve to trouble. Everyone has something that they I Ike to do or good at. So why not join sports teams? Or join a club? Or find a meaningful hobby for yourself'? Or any other activity that keeps your attention and your interest and that keeps busy and out of trouble. Anyone can find something they like doing you just have to look. Some kids are also very smart or they could be a natural at a sport and they just don't know it. They don't notice the potential they have or what a great person that they are. They neglect that and use they're knowledge to cause trouble and mischief. Another way to keep them out of trouble is to help them set goals that they can meet and help them work harder in school. With a goal or a dream they can work hard to achieve it and they need encouragement to help them follow it. With a goal or a dream it gives them a purpose and helps them stay out of trouble.

Another reason why youth can cause trouble is because they be friend the wrong people. You can be a nice kid and spend time with the wrong people that are going to convince and pressure you to do the wrong things and it will be your fault if you give in and get caught doing something against the law. If you surround yourself with good people you will become a good person.

Youth also need to realize that they could talk to parents trusting adults or teachers or a counselor to help with their problems that their having so they don't do anything reckless or cause mischief over something that you could talk to someone about. When you keep something that makes you frustrated angry sad mad or stressed in for too long you decide to release it by destroying property, stealing, getting into fights, doing drugs drinking alcohol, causing mischief ect. When something's bothering you the best way is to talk to someone about it instead of going to extreme measures to what you think is helping you but is actually making matters worse.

Some people commit crime because they are under the influence because of alcohol or drugs and don't know what they are doing. They might be in a group of people and someone might suggest that they do something that will get them into trouble and there might be a few people that decide that it would be fun and wouldn't even think about it if they weren't under the influence.

So how can you raise awareness? Schools are a great way to raise awareness. Speakers who been in trouble with the law before tell students to be careful of the choices they make and tell them how hard it is to plan a future with a criminal record. You can't go out of the country and it's hard to find jobs with a criminal record. You can also encourage parents to talk about crime prevention with their children. If you talk about it with your child it makes much of a difference than to just hear about it in the media or from someone else. People in our community can also sign up for the Neighborhood watch program and be a big help in their neighborhood by stopping crime going on in their community.

Crime can be prevented more with the help of everyone in the community. If you have to ask yourself "Is this right?' it probably isn't and always think about the consequences your faced with and think hard about the choice you making. Maybe it might be fun now but it will be a different story in the future and remember you can have fun doing something that won't get you in trouble.

 

Poverty

By Amina Ibrahim

A sense of emptiness. Pain that stings like a needle. A vicious cycle that is almost like a routine. A strong craving for anything that will satisfy my hunger. 1 want it. I need it. I feel hunger. I feel pain. I feel poverty and worst of all I feel anger. Anger towards the ignorant, the racist, the wasteful. I am tired of hoping, I am tired of fighting a war since I was born. I am tired of hating myself. Why couldn't I say no? Why me?

The life of a person dealing with an addiction is filled with suffering. An addiction is a disease, a chronic illness. As Akin I. Leshner, the director of the national institute on drug abuse says, addictions are "literally a disease of the brain." I agree with Mr. Leshner, a disease that is caused by tack of confidence, anger, pain, peer pressure. How do people get themselves addicted to substances? People may turn to substances as a way of coping with feelings, emotions, or situations. However, the environment plays a big part in making someone turn to substance abuse as well. For example, environmental factors such as home, community, schools, and work can influence whether or not someone can develop a substance abuse problem. In addition, when People feel as though they do not fit in socially because of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, abilities or other factors they seek a way to avoid their realities.

People are sometimes deceived by the thought that they have control over drugs and addictive substances. Research has consistently shown that there are biochemical reactions that cause people to he dependant on drugs, Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its normal functioning. But addictions are not only physical, they are also mental. Addictions are habits and patterns that are typically characterized by short- term reward, followed by long tern costs. Unfortunately, repented use of substances can change the way the brain looks and functions. For example taking a recreational drug causes a rise in certain chemicals in your brain, which trigger feelings of pleasure. Your brain remembers these feelings and wants them repeated.

However, addictions are not only caused by poor coping skills, at least 50 percent of addictions are also caused by genetics. In other words addictions are hardwired into your brain, thus it may he harder for some people with certain genes to quit once they start.

Some of the ways that addictions can lead to criminal activities are the need to have money to fuel your addictions. Once a person is addicted to a certain substance, they will go over and above to feed their bodies with that certain substance and this may lead to public disturbance. Theft, and many other drug related crimes. While the relationship between addictions and crime is well-known, people forget how the relationship between drugs and other addictions is just as damaging. For example, addictions to gambling can be very costly and people would easily get into debt to fund their gambling habit and this means they are in danger of turning to crime.

Alcohol and crime have also had a long standing relationship. Actions of an alcoholic can lead to unexpected and extreme violence; this is why there is a high rate of lights at bars that occur and closing hours. It has been estimated by the British Medical Association that "up to 70 percent of all domestic murders are alcohol related," This means that the relationship between alcoholism and violence is strong and dangerous.

There are also people addicted to breaking the law it self. This can be the most dangerous and the hardest addiction to treat, as crime is not simply the only thing that leads to addictions, but the aim. Figuring out how to treat crime addicts continues to be an ongoing challenge for the authorities.

Another way of viewing how addiction leads to crime is through loss of control. When someone takes too much of a certain substance it causes one to not think straight because the desire for the drug is stronger than anything else.

The relationship between crime and addictions is like a cycle, therefore, not only do addictions lead to crime but crime can also lead to addictions. When someone commits a crime, they go through all sorts of feeling such as guilt, pain, sorrow, and regret. Those feelings may cause one to be uncomfortable or tense and drugs may be used to get relaxed or "make [one] forget [their] pain". If someone is feeling guilty/emotional after committing a crime this may put them in danger of turning to drugs and substance abuse. Let's say someone is addicted to crime, this means one is going to need a greater supply of drugs to get rid of the emotions that they are going through.

Another way that crime can lead to addictions is through meeting people who are substance abusers and getting involved in negative lifestyles. Some say that "you are who your friends are. I agree with this quote because I spend a lot of time with a certain friend, I find out that my laugh may change to how he/she laughs or the way I use my words, or even my accent sometimes. This shows that if you spend most of your time in a negative environment it is likely that you will be tempted to do as they do.

I believe that no one takes drugs for the first time with the intention of becoming a drug addict, let alone a criminal and yet it happens to a lot of people. The relationship between drugs and crime is cruel, ugly, and hideous; however, it's all real and it is up to us, as a society, all societies to work together to combat this devastating situation. I think that the biggest mistake that we societies are making in trying to eliminate drug abuse in societies is confusing the difference between punishment and helping to completely avoid that certain act to happen again. Authorities punish those who are criminals and addicts but they are forgetting that drug addiction is a sickness, and without proper treatment the user will find themselves back on the streets using drugs once they are out of jail.

Another solution that societies need to practice to help combat this cycle of crime and addition is to educate our children by giving them the knowledge of what is right and wrong. Children need to be loved, cared for, and led in the right directions. When children are abused and treated unfairly, this will lead them to a negative environment and they are in danger of drug abuse. I also think that it is important to make everyone feel like they belong and make them feel comfortable.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/is-addiction-a-disease.htm
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/contest/addictions/genetics/
http://www.beatingaddictions.co.uk/relationship-between-addiction-crime.html

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