Amigos! Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time specially if you are poor.
When the economy level to the bottom of tanks, crime rises. The old joke is that people commit crimes in good times and bad, but the fact is that when people can’t earn a living lawfully, people who would not be otherwise inclined to commit crimes become desperate and make desperate choices. Not all, and it’s not an acceptable reason, but it happens. Even a good mathematicians can agree when economic times are down, crime is up.
Crime is just one of many, many “social pathologies” that are over-represented among the poor: alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking, obesity, illegitimacy, etc. None of these are good escape routes from poverty. So instead of trying to explain why “poverty causes crime” or “poverty causes obesity,” it makes sense to look for common causes of poverty and social pathologies.
People who have biased beliefs about practical matters, and/or exercise poor impulse control, are likely to screw up their lives across the board. So it’s hardly surprising that poverty and self-destructive behavior go hand in hand. Rather than being a natural response to poverty, a lot of crime can be seen as objectively self-destructive behavior that happens to have an unusually large amount of collateral damage.
People who become a suspect in crimes or committed a crime they go directly to jail if they are poor and can’t afford legal defense representation.They face a big question where will the money come from to pay for the lawyer. Yes, they can be represented by a public defender.These are the best know, best-regarded criminal defense lawyers. These are not always the best lawyers, but the ones to whom people who couldn’t judge a lawyer if their life depended on it (and it does) flock. Public defenders will still get their paycheck, but their caseloads will double or triple, and their supervisors will shrug because there is nothing to be done. Plea offers will get worse, because the prosecutors will realize that poor don’t have the manpower to carry the load, and pressure will come to bear to clear out cases as quickly as possible.
If you commit crimes, you wish you’re like Claudio Teehankee Jr.You can be granted executive clemency.You see Amigo! you are rotten in jail because you are poor. Teehankee was freed after 14 years. How many prisoners remain in jail for more than 14 years because they are poor and could not afford a lawyer who would work for their release? With the country’s glaringly corrupt judicial system it is very hard to believe that the above legal treatment of the rich is purely in there interests.
What makes it more absurd is that some judges have used the picture of Ninoy in a bundle of peso in their verdict. Who cares? if it fails to comply with the court’s ruling. It is clear that the judges had no respect for their own country and people. The currency issue merely indicates the poor awareness of the judges in enforcing the law. The verdict also shows how law enforcers, once again, have ignored the principle of lex specialis derogat lex generalis (the application of a specific, rather than a general, law) The judges can no doubt cite any number of legal justifications in defence of their decision, We do not wish to say that the rich is free from mistakes, nor is it our intention to claim that the rich is untouchable and can use its freedom as it wants, without restriction.—Who’s next? Rolito GO.