When Cash-Strapped Times And Crime Collide

When faced with losing your home or wondering where your next paycheck will come from, would you be willing to steal to feed your family?

It's a scenario some face every day.

For more, Farai Chideya talks with Richard Rosenfeld, professor of criminology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Then, she speaks with "Charnell" — a mother of six, who has previously been caught shoplifting — and Read Hayes, director of the Loss Prevention Research Council.

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