Better health care for pregnant women in inner cities could cut violent crime by more than 20% in the next generation, reported Adrian Raine, a psychologist at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Francisco. The results of a study linking avoidable birth complications to adult violence show the importance of healthy and safe births in reducing the violent crime rate. “It is indisputably the case that biological factors do predispose to violence… Birth complications predispose to adult criminal violence. These complications are things like breech birth, forceps, delivery and bleeding.
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