Imagine having your parents call the police to implement any disciplinary actions? In my upper middle class neighborhood, the police department would have come and had a good laugh with my parents while trying to scare the s*** out of me, at worst, but never would they have arrested me.
My brother took my parents car for a joy ride when he wasn’t able to drive, avoided the police and crawled back inside the house; no cops and no jail time. I hear stories fairly similar to the tales of my brother, but none ended the same as his, a weekend of yard duty.
The lack of value we, as a society, place on people of lower economic status is apparent in our lack of living wages, educational funding and the respect given when things go awry.