Ohh yeah, there are basically parts of the US where the people literally live like they are in a third world country. That's no exaggeration. Not at all. A lot of these people are invisible to more privileged people like myself for example. Main reason why I became aware of just how bad some of the conditions people live is because I did a short stint as a police officer many years ago before moving on to better paying job at the time that was actually in my field that I studied in college (before I served in Afghanistan). I saw conditions that people live under right here in the U.S. that many people just wouldn't believe.
But as a cop you see the ills of society and the problems that are hidden from society. See, I am very privileged and I know it. I am lucky. A lot of the conditions some people live under fosters a vicious cycle of crime and poverty that gets passed on from generation to generation. You know it's a vicious cycle. It requires that we as a society come together to help break this vicious cycle that people find themselves in so they can live a better life instead of a life in dysfunctional living, poverty and incarceration.