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Crime and the Multiple Causes and Effects of Inequality: Effects of Inequality

When problems are interconnected, so too must be solutions. The vicious circles that characterize our persisting divisions do not respect the boundaries that politicians and social scientists often like to draw. There is no isolated “crime problem” that can be solved by criminal justice measures alone, leaving for other efforts the solution to housing segregation, poorly functioning schools, joblessness, or the cultural values and adaptations that derive from all of these. Our problems form a seamless web, and so too must the solutions we fashion. That is one of the key lessons of the vicious circle perspective that guides this book.