crowey wrote:doogly wrote:SexyTalon wrote:Well.. having no idea how correct that number is, I do know that most repeat offenders of generic criminal acts (which is what I assume you mean by persistent offenders) are from ... not exactly the nicest backgrounds and upbringing, and usually lack higher education, limiting their job selection and chance to improve their lot in life, so it seems reasonable that they would attempt an escape - any escape - to just feel good for a few brief moments.thicknavyrain wrote:Interesting fact I picked up from my Religious Studies teacher (if someone knows more about this maybye they can message me) 80% of persistant offendors are hard drug users.
Then there's also the fact that most hard drugs are horribly addictive, many of them almost as addictive as nicotine (ha ha! But seriously, that shit's addictive. Nicotine, that is. Very addictive.). In order to break the addiction, cold turkey is not always an option and rehab is expensive, so if you don't exactly have that great of an income, you're pretty much stuck with it.
Also, we've decided to count drug use as an offense, and that white collar crime doesn't actually bother us. So, these two attitudes skew that number to the point of uselessness (if it is correct at all).
Aaand it's only about what % of repeat offenders are hard drug users, not how many hard drug users are repeat offenders.
eg, 80% of repeat offenders are hard drug users. But if 90% of the population are hard drug users, that makes the first statistic mean something totally different than if 10% of the population are.
I'm not saying that's how it is, but those kinds of figures annoy me because they say nothing, really.
This is something I pointed out to him at the time when he told me, but he explained that a disproportionate number of people who take hard drugs regularly, are persistant offenders in OTHER sorts of crimes. I'm ashamed to say I failed to mention I think the figure is only specific to the UK, but I'm sure it's a similar situation elsewhere. Does anyone else feel that these types of things affect their decisions about taking drugs and so on?