How Cracking Down On Drugs Can Foster More Crime

Does escalating the war against drugs result in a decrease in theft, burglary, and other property crimes? Not if it involves shifting resources away from deterring property crimes directly, claim economists Bruce L. Benson and David W. Rasmussen of Florida State University. In a study published in the latest issue of Contemporary Policy Issues, they conclude that the resource reallocation that accompanied stronger drug law enforcement efforts in Florida during the 1980s actually led to more property crimes -- despite the presumed causal connection between drug addiction and criminal activity.

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