Owing to the magnifying rate of crimes in this fast blazing and materialistic lifestyle, a fear has entered in the minds of the general public. The fear of losing anything or the greed of taking over other’s possessions is the actual root of these crimes. A plethora of researches by the criminologists in the recent past has pulled out several factors behind these heinous crimes but an unorthodox perspective of viewing these factors is illustrated by Eileen Kirk.
Eileen Kirk- a doctoral student in the Northeastern University evaluated that it’s the high time to dig the deep ditches inside this imperative matter. By considering the crime and prison statistics, census data and neighborhood surveys, she drew an astonishing conclusion. She accepted that the prevalence of the vicious cycle of poverty, unemployment and low wage jobs are the major determinants of analysing the intensity of the crimes. But she suggested that more emphasis should be placed on studying these factors together. This would not only bore more accurate results but would play a significant role in countering ‘mass incarceration’.
Mass Incarceration implies the higher traffic inside the prisons. She claimed that the laws of the 1980s and 1990s portrayed a completely different picture of being tougher on crimes. She accused these laws for serving the disadvantaged and deprived communities with added hardships. She added that the mass incarceration is not just an institutional concern within the prison system, but has added a new dimension of disadvantages to the individuals belonging to lower stratas.