A recent Federal Reserve survey found a strong correlation between an unstable childhood and adult difficulties in succeeding financially. The instability included not having adequate food, a care-taker who could be depended on and/or no sense of personal safety.
That finding has taken on great credibility because Federal Reserve Janet Yellen discussed it. Here is coverage in The Wall Street Journal.
Obviously, this is a gift which will keep giving for criminal defense lawyers. Their client is up for a breaking & entering. In the total process, from the plea bargain or trial to the sentencing, the unstable childhood background can be presented.
It can also be leveraged in criminal cases involving drug charges. It could now be easier to persuade the judge to direct the miscreants to a 30-day rehab instead of jail.
For those who actually did grow up in unstable conditions the research seems almost an eye-roller. Of course, we know all that.
Most of the children who were my playmates on the mean streets of pre-gentrified Jersey City, New Jersey have been in prison, died young of substance abuse or turned out to be versions of the old lady in shoe who had so many children she didn't know what to do in order to max welfare payments.
Those who have been able to live a middle-class lifestyle somehow were pointed to an exit ramp. The ones showing that direction were usually the nuns in the Roman Catholic grade schools and homeroom teachers in the public high schools. Yellen should advocate for resources in the school systems to mentor at-risk children.
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