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Poverty, Youth Crime Not Linked, Study Says

Article by: Caroline Alphonso
Globe and mail – Young people from middle and upper-class families are as likely to commit crimes as kids from poorer homes, a study released yesterday says.

Doug King, chairman of justice studies at Mount Royal College in Calgary, collected data from government and community agencies on demographics and crime rates in the city. He said that his study shatters the myth that poverty is the main factor in youth crime rates.

“Everyone thinks that youth at risk relates to issues of poverty, but kids who grow up in upper-middle class homes have about the same crime rate as kids who grow up in lower-class homes,” he said.