80% of U.S. crime due to Gangs, primarily drug gangs?

USA Today has this piece:

Criminal gangs in the USA have swelled to an estimated 1 million members responsible for up to 80% of crimes in communities across the nation, according to a gang threat assessment compiled by federal officials.

The major findings in a report by the Justice Department's National Gang Intelligence Center, which has not been publicly released, conclude gangs are the "primary retail-level distributors of most illicit drugs" and several are "capable" of competing with major U.S.-based Mexican drug-trafficking organizations. . . . .

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Blogger dWj said...

Since everybody knows that making guns illegal will eliminate gun crime, I'm quite certain that making drugs illegal will eliminate drug crime.

1/30/2009 4:44 PM  
Blogger JFA in Montreal said...

The free market price for pretty much most drugs should be around 50 cents per dose. The typical 50 bucks per dose carries a 49.50$ risk premium which makes it so lucrative as to be the source of drug crime.

First, the gov't created the business niche for creating crime, imposing all the ills of crime on the population.

Then, it cashes in by extracting further taxes from the population for paying for the 2% of the US population in jail, pork-barelling to the manufacturer of concrete rebar for prison walls, of stainless steel toilet bowl for the prisons, ect.

Third, it keeps cashing in and pork barelling into the pockets of everybody related to the legal profession: cops, judges, lawyers, printing concerns that prints court forms and paperwork, etc.

Fourth, public companies listed on the stock market are exempt from certain requirements about the source of their cash funds. The drug industry launders it's funds via Corporate America, by structuring legit businesses paid for in 20$ bills. An automaker does not have to disclose the source of funds, in the form of twenty bucks bills, that were used to purchase 300 pickup trucks or delivery trucks or payloaders.

So Corporate America also loves the criminalisation of drugs.

if drugs were completely decriminalised and 1/10th of the money put on repression was put on rehabilitation, most drug-related crimes (theft and assault mostly to provide for the present high prices of drugs) and most drug problems would disappear.

1/31/2009 1:50 AM  

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