Study Says People Who Commit Crimes Have At Least One Thing ‘In Common’


*It’s an undeniable fact that Black and poor people  vs. white and rich make up a disproportionate population in the prison system. But you don’t have to take my word for it, I believe they give prison tours, don’t they? But seriously, have you ever wondered why some people take the criminal route, while others don’t? You can certainly throw in bad circumstances such as poverty, lack of opportunity, racism, and other very justifiable reasons. But if you are being completely realistic you see that two people living in the same circumstances are not necessarily taking the same route.

In other words, person #1 lives right next door to person #2, in a shitty neighborhood, horrible family situation, no money, no positive role models, no hope. Person #1 decides to go into a career of criminal behavior; while person #2, his or her neighbor, makes a decision to attend community college.

Why is that exactly?

Religious connotations aside, let's call this one Good vs. Evil
Religious connotations aside, let’s call this one Good vs. Evil

I checked into it and discovered an article that talks about a team of researchers from America, Britain, Finland and Sweden who came upon a scientific study that claims most criminals have at least one trait in common.

And its genetic.

After reviewing data from the Finnish CRIME sample – which is a database that contains psychological tests and genetic material from 794 Finnish prisoners between 2010 – 2011, it was revealed that 568 of these prisoners screened positive for Antisocial Personality Disorder or ASPD. This is serious. The condition lends itself to aggressive behavior, no regard for rules or other people, dishonesty and irritability.

And the condition is said to be  wildly overrepresented in prisons.

Now sure, this ‘diagnosis’ by its very nature is broad and controversial. You don’t have to be Einstein to realize there are other factors that can come into play (like psychopathy) as we look at behaviors. Also, as we know, many people in jail are there erroneously; only to set free and pardoned decades later. So obviously ASPD may not apply to them.

But that’s no reason to throw the whole study out.

Remember, we’re dealing with genetics here. And they don’t lie!

According to the Associated Press

Twin studies suggest that genetics explain about half of the variance in ASPD diagnoses, and environmental factors the other half. And a new study has begun the task of identifying which genes are most likely involved in ASPD, with significant success.

Yet and still, in ‘keeping it 100,’ the scientists say…

The findings of this study cannot be implemented for any prediction purposes, or brought into courthouses to be given any legal weight.

It’s an interesting consideration though. Ya think?

Weigh in below.


3 thoughts on “Study Says People Who Commit Crimes Have At Least One Thing ‘In Common’”

  1. I am very wary of this study because: 1) The sample pool is rather small and specific to people in Finnish prisons; 2) Has this study been replicated by other researchers; 3) Conclusions about people/their “issues” cannot be based solely on their genetics.

    Did the researchers address these issues? Did they discuss the impact of the ‘external world’/lived experiences on an individual’s genetics?

    Finally, a diagnosis of ‘Anti-Social Personality is a “made-up” construct – a psychiatric diagnostic category that contains a sub-set of characteristics. In other words, it is not a naturally occurring thing (like eye or hair color). How, then, can a person’s genetics convey such a specific psychiatric diagnosis? While certain personality traits might be contained in one’s genetic code, I am fairly certain a psychiatric diagnosis such as Anti-Social Personality Disorder is NOT!

    I am not sure why, but this study raised red flags of something being amiss here.

  2. I just re-read this article and the following sentence caught my eye:

    “it was revealed that 568 of these prisoners screened positive for Antisocial Personality Disorder or ASPD”.

    Can someone please explain to me how people can test positive for a psychiatric label/diagnostic category?

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