The main difference between the people inside and outside the jailhouse is that the ones on the inside got caught.
While intended to be tongue and cheek, there is a lot of truth to that statement.
My personal opinion is that behind every violent crime in America lies a MATRIX OF FAILURE. Those are the words of (astronaut) Captain Mark Kelly. His point is that people who commit crimes are not born to be criminals. The environment they grow up in, including parents, teachers, coaches and everyone in between, plays a part in shaping how those individuals behave as adults.
"We all have the capacity to be quite bad under the right circumstances." ~ Dan Ariely
The great paradox here is that the glue that holds the matrix of failure together may very well be our own obsession with sports or, to be more precise, our obsession with WINNING. We all get off on those bad ass personalities a little bit, don't we? How many hours are consumed each weekend watching game after game after game? Season after season, decade after decade.
How many people will do whatever it takes to WIN in business, or at their kids' soccer matches or at garage sales for crying out loud? As the late Stephen Covey once said, we live in a WIN-LOSE society. For many, life itself is a zero sum game. Aaron Hernandez was a $40,000,000 athlete. Which begs the question, how many children could be mentored or tutored with $40 million?
"No one graduates from the Harvard Business School planning to screw the world and end up in jail but a scary number of them actually do." ~ Clay Christensen