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    In my experience, the vast majority of violent criminals (basically 100% on death row) experienced some traumatic family experience at a very early age.

    They are almost all the products of a physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive household. Most have lost multiple family members and been exposed to violence from a very early age. This typically combines with a lack of hope because of poverty in a society with so much wealth. This sort of disenfranchisement is compounded by the fact that most of these people have no support system - the "threads" that hold the people to society are severed early on. While you and I might be hanging on by five threads (our parents, wives, kids, church, career, etc.), these people sometimes hang on by one thread.

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:02:14 AM PST

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