This brings up the very interesting person-situation debate. Those who believe that situations determine behaviors are likely to also hold beliefs like poverty and lack of education results in criminal activity. Blame is placed on lack of government support or societal influences rather than the person performing the criminal act. As Funder puts it, “If the situation can really be all powerful, then nothing we do is really our fault” (Funder, 2015, ).
Though there is a correlation between poverty and crime, causality can be debated depending on one’s beliefs about situationism.
Funder, D. (2015). The personality puzzle. (7th ed.). New York, NY: . Norton & Company, Inc.