American Public Media – Crime and the Gap Between Rich and Poor

by Steve Henn
June 4, 2007

The FBI says violent crime rates are rising. The increase is occurring as the gap between rich and poor is the widest its been since World War II. Steve Henn looked into whether expanding economic inequality could be causing crime to increase. …  But Criminologists say in some ways, this is all kind of predictable.  JEFFREY BUTTS:  “The transition zones between wealth and poverty are where the opportunities for crime are greatest.”