This essay deals with all that leads to a life of crime.

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One must ask themselves what endangers a community? What threatens the essence of life and well being in the community? Crime! Crime endangers the community, crime kills the future and handicaps the present. One must ask themselves, what major factor produces crime? If one truly wishes to reach and understand the answer, they only have to walk to the corner of their blocks.

On that corner, like so many other corners within Brooklyn, there is a person, age ranging from twelve years to adult hood, trying to make a living. What this person does is sell a product, a product that few people enjoy, and is responsible for lives that are destroyed. The product, which this person vents, produces a chain of crime that begins with the selling of the person's merchindise and ends with the purchase of their product.

One must not look at it as a flat line, one point, being the consumer and the final point being the producer.

One must look at it as a cipher, a cirlce consisting of three hundred sixty degrees, a cipher that will never end. What commences this cipher, is the selling of the product, that can range from marijuana to crack cocaine. The consumer buys the product, eventually becoming addicted. In their addiction, they begin to view life, their life and their world in a whole different manner. Their morals start to evaporate from their conscience with their first pull of that crack pipe, or their first injection of heroine. Their understanding of right and wrong blur into one fact, one meaning, whatever is nesesary to get that one fix.

The cipher continues to establish itself when that one addict, decides that the only way he could gain the money to support their addiction is stealing. It may start...