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June 6, 2013 / C H Thompson

Left-realism continued 3

Wide differences in income create feelings of discontent, frustration and anger which are likely to be expressed in criminal activity if those who are marginalised feel removed from the political or social processes which address such alienation.

Currie’s (1985) position is the problem of crime can be tackled by ‘building a society that is less unequal, less depriving, less insecure and less corrosive of co-operative values’.

Lea and Young argue along with alternatives to custody, reduced custodial sentences, along victim restoration the key to success lies in improving relationships between the police and community so that the flow of information on which the police rely increases. To achieve this, they propose that minimal policing should be used.

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