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wanted money for drugs. It would seem to be logical to conclude that the crime would not have occurred had the suspects not been using drugs. Even with the given statistics and information, it is important to remember that correlation does not equal causation. Just because drugs are found to be a correlating factor in violent crimes does not mean they cause violent crimes. There are several other factors that play a part from socio-economic; poverty; education; employment; and other environmental factors. A history of sexual or physical abuse or mental trauma also plays a large part. Statistics show that out of all female state inmates surveyed, 80% of women who admitted to being abused used illegal drugs prior to incarceration as compared to just slightly over 60% of women who did not have a history of abuse (BJS, 2017). So while illegal drug use is most definitely an aggravating factor of the crime, it is normally not the only factor. Legalizing all the drugs in the world will not change that.
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References Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2017). Drug and Crime Facts. Retrieved from . Dills, A., Goffard, S., and Miron, J. (2016). Dose of Reality: The Effect of State Marijuana Legalization. The CATO Institute. Retrieved from - analysis/dose-reality-effect-state-marijuana-legalizations. The Colorado Springs Gazette. (2015). Legalization Didn’t Unclog Prisons. Retrieved from . Wheeler, S. (2017). Repurposed from: P5DB- Contemporary Issues; CJUS430-1702B-01: Data Analysis in Criminal Justice. Instructor Mark Walters. Colorado Technical University Online.
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