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Why do children turn to crime?

23/05/2023 06:36 PM | Click to read full article

What one finds when interacting with children is that the effects of poverty are often compounded by peer influence. It has in fact been isolated by several studies as a major factor that predisposes offending children to criminal behaviour. The fact that many among the children who end up in the system are in a severe state of deprivation only encourages the formation of gangs. It is through these gangs that young people acquire criminal behaviour.