Relationship between Social Capital and Crime (Case study: Prisoners of Tehran Prisons)

Document Type: Original Article

Author

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Khorasgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Esfahan, Iran

Abstract

Social capital, due to its content lies in the social damage's realm. Considering the mutual effects therein, the objective here is to assess the correlation between social capital with identifying the correlation between social capital and crimes among convicted young prisoners in Greater Tehran prison. The method adopted in this study is of survey type by applying a random sample of 190 prisoners. To analyze the data, two-dimensional tables and Pearson Correlation Coefficient are applied. It is revealed that there exists a statistically significant correlation between social capital and youth crime rate, indicating that the higher the social capital level, the lower the crime rate among the youth. The young who commit crimes are grown in social conditions with low social capital. Hence, by planning and capitalizing social capital, the misdemeanor and crime rate of the subjects here would be decreased.

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