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Title: Highest Paying Customers - America's Cities and the Costs of Prostitution Control
Journal: Hastings Law Journal  Volume:38  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1987)  Pages:769-800
Author(s): J Pearl
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 32
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This cost-benefit analysis of enforcing prostitution laws in 16 large U.S. cities for 1984-85 includes an analysis of police, judicial, and corrections costs as well as decreased police protection from other crimes.
Abstract: The mean police annual expenditure to enforce prostitution laws in each city in 1985 was $3,322,230. Officers working in pairs spent an average of 21 hours per arrest. The mean judicial personnel cost for each city in 1985 was $2,226,719 for prostitution cases, and the mean 1985 corrections expenditure for each city was $1,985,638 for prostitution offenders. Well over two million violent and property crimes were reported in 1985 to the police in the 16 study cities. Arrests were not made in 83 percent of these cases. All factors considered, prostitution laws represent lost opportunities for protecting society from violent crimes. The significant amount of criminal justice resources devoted to the enforcement of prostitution laws could better be spent on the enforcement of laws more directly related to citizen safety. 7 tables and 118 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Prostitution
Index Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis; Police effectiveness
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