Dependence, Crime and Poverty Persuasive Essay by ABCs

Dependence, Crime and Poverty
An argument that welfare dependence leads to crime and the perpetuation of poverty.
# 111918 | 1,416 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009 | US

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


The paper blames the current welfare system, the federal-state unemployment insurance program and state prison systems for fostering dependence on federal and state governments and increasing unemployment and poverty rates. The paper discusses the social disorganization theory and the critical criminology theory and argues that the rising poverty rates are a major cause of crime.

From the Paper:

"As the United States continues to slide into an economic recession, poverty rates are continuing to rise across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2007 12.5 percent of the American population was trapped in poverty, (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008). This was an increase to the 2000 level of 11.3 percent. This is a stark contrast to the more affluent days of the past. In previous years, the value of the dollar on the global scale far surpassed most other currencies; yet, in modern years, it is only half of the value of the Euro, the reigning currency of the European Union. Unaffordable housing, high unemployment rates, and even higher inflation rates have created an environment of a disappearing middle class, where poverty is reaching out and claiming many of the previous middle class status, and making the gap between the poor and the rich even wider."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Darrouzet-Nardi, Christopher. (2008). United States welfare reform: welfare to work. Retrieved September 14, 2008 at
  • Reid, Lesley Williams. (2003). Crime in the city: a political and economic analysis of urban crime. LFB Scholarly Publishing.
  • U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). Poverty: 2007 highlights. Current Population Survey. Retrieved on September 14, 2008 at
  • U.S. Department of Health and Services. (2006). Indicators of welfare dependence. Annual report to Congress. Retrieved September 14, 2008 at
  • U.S. Department of Labor. (2008). State unemployment insurance benefits. Employment and Training Administration. Retrieved September 14, 2008 at

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

Dependence, Crime and Poverty (2009, February 04) Retrieved April 18, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Dependence, Crime and Poverty" 04 February 2009. Web. 18 April. 2021. <>