Criminologist Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah says the failure of families and the society to create a congenial environment for people to flourish accounts for the increasing crime in the country.
He said families that are well-connected, cohesive, close-knit and have strong affinity and bondage tend to do better in serving as a check on criminality.
Such families, according to him, also to tend to do better in supervision, monitoring, feedback, dependability and trust which insulate children against the vagaries of crime.
Prof. Attafuah was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show in reaction to comments that many children fall foul of the law largely because of lack of parental care.
The comments were made when Joy FM donated food items, soap, toiletries, clothes and other items to inmates of the Senior Correction Centre, formally, Borstal Institute in Accra.
Prof. Attafuah, who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Central University College, said when “children step out of the doorstep of the home, they come into contact with the larger society; the influences of peers at school and in the neighbourhood and in the community at large; they come into contact with the adult community with all its challenges, peculiarities and of course lures and attractions; and children who are adequately prepared by parents to appreciate what they may encounter out there have a better opportunity to resist pornography, prostitution, the lures, the attractions and of course, the deception.