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The problem/solution pattern applied to crime

Interpretation: The judicial system is seen as a way to solve the problems of crime by confining the criminals in jail. This activity is supported by the legal system, and the re-crystallization of convicted criminals is assured by various forms of economic dys-functionality, most of all the natural reluctance to employ an ex-convict. Many criminals live their lives within this loop (= ‘volta'), while others organize and set up some kind of legal front in order to break the cycle. In this way the organized criminal is seen as a form of evolutionary outgrowth - supported by the problem/solution pattern.

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