For one of my college English classes this semester I have to read a different novel for each of the following categories. Since I'm not a big book person...I was looking for people who might have suggestions of books that fit the categories.
All are criminal justice categories....
Faulty System: Has to be about leniency or corruption in the system. I'm thinking of reading Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Blocked Opportunities: Has to be directly or indirectly about crime stemming from poverty or inequality.
Social Breakdown: Crime is a product of a broken family or community.
Racist System: probably To Kill a Mockingbird here.
Violent Media: Crime is a product of violence in the media.
It is hard to beat Crime and Punishment for exploration of the thought process of a criminal. The Brothers Karamazov is also better, breaking it down into categories (animal vs. intellect vs. passion...) although the resolution might be murky when the bastard shows up.