A recent study conducted by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco shows that the higher the poverty rates among teenagers the more reckless their behaviour can be. Mike Males, Senior Research Fellow, and his colleagues looked at 54,000 homicide cases that occurred in California between 1991 and 2012. They found that 83% of gun murders among teenagers occurred in populations with poverty levels at 20% or higher. Poverty can have detrimental effects on children and as poverty among children increases so can crime rates, behavioural and emotional issues. Poverty among children needs to be combated in order to reduce crime rates as well as impulsive and risky behavior.


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