What do you think should be done about the US crime problem? Which sociological theory or theories support your view?

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According to conflict theory, deviance such as crime results from inequalities in society. These inequalities can be political or economic in nature. To reduce crime, the American government would need to create greater equality. That means that programs would need to be put into place to provide people who live...

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According to conflict theory, deviance such as crime results from inequalities in society. These inequalities can be political or economic in nature. To reduce crime, the American government would need to create greater equality. That means that programs would need to be put into place to provide people who live in poverty or who don't often vote or take part in government the means to get access to better jobs, educational opportunities, and opportunities to participate in government.

Another sociological theory is strain theory, which posits that structures in society interfere with people's ability to meet their societally accepted goals. Therefore, individuals feel the strain of this pressure and commit crimes in order to meet these goals. An example is the pressure people feel to be materially successful or to live up to the American Dream, which advertises material success as a route to happiness. As a result, people could turn to committing crimes to get material goods. To reduce people's strain, the society can help them achieve greater material success through legal means by implementing job programs that provide people who have limited opportunities with the chance to be trained to work at a higher-paying job.

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