Income inequality promotes crime and imprisonment

Groundbreaking analysis by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of The Spirit Level, shows that greater economic equality-not greater wealth-is the mark of the most successful societies. In this TED talk, Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, and even such basic values as trust and crime.