"If it was easier for you to get out of the ghetto would you agree that the need for crime to get out of the ghetto decrease?" I not quite sure what your asking here.
Just because someone was busted for theft and had drugs on them does not mean that they were stealing for drugs. I was caught a teen shoplifting, I stole because I wanted something and did not have the money for it at the time. I also had a small bit of weed in my pocket. I can tell you that I did not steal to support any habit, I stole out of stupidity.
Unfortuntley the root cause of this issue will never be fixed. Not saying that it can't be fixed but it won't be fixed. Lets take the war on drugs for example, Since the begining we have spent well over 100 trillion (adjusted for inflation) on a losing war. No matter what safe guards we put in place the crimanials can get around it. Take a look at places over seas that have legalized most all drugs. They do not suffer from the same addictions that we as country do. Their rate is far lower. I do not believe that drugs are the root cause of our issues with crime yet I agree that you can trace the majority of crimes back to drugs. The root cause is inequality, the i want what you have syndrome, I'm not saying it's right or even fairbut that is the underlying issue here. People see shows like Cribs, and lifestyles of the rich and famous, etc... and they say that I want that is this is how I can get it now. They feel as though they are treated unfairly because they deserve that lifestlye and dont have it.