The relationship between poverty and criminal behavior in Kenya:

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Kampala International University, School of Law
The level of criminal propensity in areas faced with massive poverty is quite high. compared to the economically upgraded areas. This research has one of its objectives as ascertaining the relationship between poverty and crime in Kenya. A number of studies may have been carried out on the causes of crime but specific attention has not been previously had to the relationship between crime and pove11y especially the offence of theft. It is pertinent to note as is done in this research that there are a set of laws regulating conduct of persons in society against commission of crimes. The laws set out sanctions a institutions for regulation of crime. Economic empowerment of the people in society has not attracted much attention as a mechanism of averting crime especially theft. This research therefore sets out a comparative analysis of the crime rates in pove11y stricken areas and those that are economically well off. Conclusively, the research analyses the law. the implementation/ enforcement framework, the causes of crime including poverty and its contribution to high rates of poverty in Kenya. The research takes note of the social economic realities, the field findings and challenges and finally alludes to recommendations and conclusion.
A research dissertation submitted to the faculty of law in partial fulfillment for the award of bachelor of Laws Degree of Kampala International University.
Poverty, Criminal behavior, Critical analysis, Crime of theft.