McVicar on causes of crime


I was born in 1951, a time when New Zealand’s crime and prison numbers were incredibly low — in fact, the country was averaging one or two homicides a year until the early 1960s.

So what went wrong? How did one of the safest countries in the western world end up spiralling to a totally unacceptable level of crime? Why is it that even locking people up doesn’t stop new criminals emerging? What is different about our country now that is creating this new breed of criminal?

The one common denominator that Little and his colleagues won’t dare talk about is the traditional family. I’m talking about a stable family unit — two parents and the children they bring into a loving, cherished relationship … where the child grows up being taught right from wrong to become a law-abiding, contributing citizen.

Criminals are made, not born. Of course some people do commit crime despite growing up in a loving family. But most of those in prison did not have a good childhood.

In 1961, 95 per cent of children were born into a traditional family with married parents. By 2015 only 53 per cent of children were brought into the world by parents who were married.

A child that grows up without a father is five times more likely to commit crime.

The evidence shows more children are abused in de-facto-type households and a child who has been abused is 20 times more likely to end up in prison when an adult.

I don’t think the focus should be on married, as much as the parents being in a committed relationship. The problem is kids that grow up with no Dad.

The evidence is clear that a child needs a father who wants and loves them. This is the best way to raise a child to become a law-abiding, contributing member of society.

Little’s justice summit won’t dare say anything like that. They fear they might offend the left-wing liberals who have been at the forefront of breaking down the family unit.

These liberals would rather focus on the problem of prison numbers than face the reality of what their social ideology has created.

We have a lot of people in prison because we have a lot of criminals. Reducing crime should be the focus, not reducing the prison population. If you reduce (serious) crime and reoffending, then the prison population will fall.

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