businesses shut down taking away jobs leaving the only way to live was to live through the proceeds of crime.
No, this is a lie*. Communities decay into poverty because of crime, not vice-versa. The idea that poor people are criminals is insulting. Criminals are lazy fucking assholes and we shouldn't tolerate them - they should get to hide or mask their lazy-ass anti-social behavior by claiming to be victims and damn the people that enable it.
They are not the victims - they are the ones that victimize people.
*I know, there is a correlation between poverty and crime, I think it's oversold as the reason for it though. There are lots of groups that have been disadvantaged to the point of having nothing, but they pull themselves up with hard work and endeavour. Some groups are simply not as industrious. Same situations.