The ruling politicians do not view those below the middle class as a part of our society. Instead, the poor and lower class are viewed as a worthless contagion.
At the federal level little or no focus is placed on providing opportunities for residents within struggling communities, rather the emphasis is placed on relocating the poor, dismantling their homes, and pursuing expensive new housing projects, thus pushing undesirables aside, and rendering any new benefit within the area inaccessible to its original, underprivileged, residents.
Law and order legislation seeks to push for harder criminal sentencing, with little mention of corresponding plans to advance preventative social programs, or even reactive rehabilitation programs. Such scare tactics are the tool of the apathetic elitist (apathetic when forced to cogitate rather than mindlessly expel recommendations).
Certainly, the bureaucrats are busily engaged every day, planning, administering, and implementing their intractable solutions, with all the focus of an unreflective teenager unable to recognize even the most stupendous of defects within their strategies. Locking a person in prison once they've already become corrupt is an unfortunate necessity, not a social panacea. Facing a problem head on and attacking it at the root is a much better start. This is true at all levels, from the personal to the international. The truth hurts, but naive solutions hurt even more.
Of course children in low income regions of capitalist democracies turn to crime in order to gain entry to the life of material privilege and entitlement that surrounds them, they have no constructive options available or can not perceive a dignified, industrious course to prosperity.
"[W]hat are called criminals nowadays are not criminals at all. Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime. That indeed is the reason why our criminals are, as a class, so absolutely uninteresting from any psychological point of view. They are not marvellous Macbeths and terrible Vautrins. They are merely what ordinary, respectable, commonplace people would be if they had not got enough to eat."
We must strive to provide affordable, broad, high quality education and housing for all. Children, not to mention adults, require stimulation, direction, and help. Include humanity -- as in the consideration of others -- in the public school curriculum. "Get them while they're young," indeed.