This null hy­poth­e­sis ap­proach is nec­es­sary to prove or dis­prove the­o­ries that a lack of jobs leads to crime. There is no proven sci­en­tific find­ing for such an as­ser­tion but peo­ple keep mak­ing it nonethe­less.

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keeps his firearm, his drugs and loot but pre­tend to be nuns with one foot in the grave when the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors come call­ing.

Long-ne­glected abuses by the au­thor­i­ties, bru­tal­ity at the hands of so­ci­ety’s paid pro­tec­tors, and other neg­a­tive fac­tors have re­sulted in a to­tal loss of con­fi­dence in the po­lice. The lack of clar­ity in ap­pre­hen­sion, de­tec­tion and res­o­lu­tion has eroded con­fi­dence in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. There ap­pears an un­car­ing lack of clear pur­pose. Such at­ti­tudes lead to frus­tra­tion and the temp­ta­tion to take mat­ters into one’s own hands. Per­haps the strug­gle gaze into the mir­ror of their soul, from a Kwéyòl or English van­tage point. That mon­u­men­tal ques­tion of iden­tity needs to be faced with can­dour and in­sight. Un­for­tu­nately too many of us are pre­pared to sus­pend all be­lief, in­clud­ing the ac­cepted im­bal­ance in the mores of a mixed-up so­ci­ety. In­stead, we stand aside as dumb, mute sheep and let crim­i­nals run free. Per­haps the good Chris­tians that we are, we do not wish to cast the first stone.

Crim­i­nals are of­ten op­por­tunists who re­sort to the sim­pler and eas­ier choices for sur­vival. This is a sort of Oc­cam’s ra­zor ap­proach to life mul­ti­plied beyond ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity. Such per­sons are aware that a lack of job op­por­tu­ni­ties have his­tor­i­cally, never led to crime. It of­ten takes more than un­em­ploy­ment for a per­son to com­mit an act which may de­prive him of his free­doms.

To fur­ther help ex­plain es­ca­lat­ing crime there is the null hy­poth­e­sis. It says that there is no sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween two vari­ables or spec­i­fied pop­u­la­tions, any ob­serv­able dif­fer­ence be­ing due to sam­pling or experimental er­ror. Are the ma­jor­ity of us there­fore, po­ten­tial crim­i­nals? This null hy­poth­e­sis ap­proach is nec­es­sary to prove or be versed in sci­en­tific re­search; agri­cul­ture for ex­am­ple, us­ing the null hy­poth­e­sis. The three­mem­ber panel should be ages 55-75.

The ten­dency to blame poor polic­ing for es­ca­lat­ing crime will not solve the prob­lem. The po­lice are not the ma­jor fac­tor in the cure for crime – law-abid­ing cit­i­zens are! We need to em­brace the idea of verisimil­i­tude or truth­ful­ness. It is a philo­soph­i­cal con­cept that dis­tin­guishes be­tween rel­a­tive and ap­par­ent truth and fal­sity of as­ser­tions. There is no such thing as al­ter­na­tive facts. The sooner we learn that, the bet­ter to bat­tle the odds in crime pre­ven­tion.

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