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NCJ Number: 160035 Find in a Library
Title: Legalizing Drugs Would Reduce Drug-Related Crime (From Legalizing Drugs, P 49-51, 1996, Karin L. Swisher, ed. -- See NCJ-160030)
Author(s): B Killion
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Legalizing drugs may decrease drug-related crime and reduce the number of people sent to prison for drug offenses.
Abstract: Those who use illegal drugs are not deterred by threats of prison. If convicted and sentenced for drug trafficking or use, many individuals often return to the drug business when they are released. Drug addicts frequently murder out of desperation to get money for their habits, and the government response to drug- related violence is ineffective. Drugs do not cause crime; rather, the illegal status of drugs causes drug-related crime. Drug-related crime increases and decreases in direct proportion to the illicit drug price index, which in turn increases and decreases in direct proportion to the severity of punishment meted out to drug traffickers. Prison is not a deterrent to drug trafficking or drug abuse, no matter how lengthy the prison sentence. The only feasible way to solve drug-related crime is to end drug prohibition and thus remove the illicit profit margin.
Main Term(s): Drug legalization
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Drug law offenses; Drug offenders; Drug Policy; Drug regulation; Drug Related Crime; Drug use; Incarceration
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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