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Beckett and Sasson Readin In Chapter 3, Beckett and Sasson point out that the United States has an exceptionally high rate of homicide when compared to other equivalent western nations. They attribute this to four interrelated factors; increased availability of guns, high socioeconomic inequalities, high drug -trafficking rates among low income areas and the “code of the streets”. Within each factor, Beckett and Sasson support their argument through a multitude of studies and factual data. For example, they point out that “more than half of all homicides occur in the 63 largest American cities – which house only 16% percent of the US population.” Within Chapter 6, Beckett and Sasson address the manner in which Americans are concerned with crime. They argue that concerns for crime are not an individual “day to day” worry but instead more of a social problem afflicting the country as a whole. They point out that the drift to a hard-nosed, punitive criminal justice system is not the cause of increased fear but instead a cause of increased social concern.
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