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4) Crime – Half the people in jail across the United States are locked up for drug offenses. - Government officials report that about 30% of prison inmates convicted of violent offenses were under the influence of some drug when they committed their crimes. Such statistics lead some people to conclude that drugs are a major cause of crime. - Others, however, argue that enforcement policies in the U.S. contribute to crime. For one thing, drug laws drive up drug prices. High prices, in turn, lead uses of
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Unformatted text preview: cocaine, crack, or heroine to commit all sorts of crimes, from prostitution to burglary to murder. Almost one in five prison inmates reports committing violent crime for money to buy drugs.- From another angle, the high price of drugs creates huge profits for drug dealers. Especially among people with few opportunities to get ahead, the chance to earn drug profits may outweigh the risk of being sent to jail....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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