Crime in America
We just posted another article yesterday about marijuana, see http://crimeinamerica.net/2011/01/24/marijuana-use-continues-to-increase-as-perceived-risk-decreases/. It’s always interesting to us that we could write on some of the most controversial topics imaginable yet there’s no topic that brings more e-mails and phone calls than this one. People are passionate about pot.
There are plenty of people who insist that there is no connection between marijuana and crime. They eloquently insist that getting stoned rules out acts of violence and criminality.
“Dude-all I want to do when I get high is ….”
The article below states that 70 percent of those arrested in Hennepin County, Minnesota (http://hennepin.us/) have drugs in their system and half used Marijuana.
Yes, marijuana stays in the bloodstream far longer than other drugs so the arrestee could have smoked two weeks ago, but that‘s not our experience. Most caught up in the criminal justice system are frequent users.
We won’t elaborate on what we said yesterday about not wanting arrests or incarcerations for personal use of marijuana (see the article) but to deny its relationship to criminal activity is simply silly.
By-the-way, some readers of yesterday’s article agreed that personal use of marijuana should have an age restriction. We were just being snarky but some believe it’s a viable choice.
But the most discouraging aspect to today’s story is not drug use but the fact that there was a ten percent increase since 2009.
There are multiple signs throughout the country that drug use is increasing (http://crimeinamerica.net/2011/01/11/more-americans-using-drugs-marijuana-increases-use-by-kids-grows-baby-boomers-record-large-gains/)and that “may” mean that our almost consistent twenty-year decrease in crime may be coming to an end. See http://crimeinamerica.net/crime-rates-united-states/ for crime rates.
Study: 70% of inmates are on drugs at booking
From the Minneapolis StarTribune
Seven in 10 inmates booked into the bustling Hennepin County jail on any given day last year had illegal drugs in their system, though most of them had had some kind of treatment.
This unique snapshot of drug use by inmates before their arrest comes from an annual federal study that includes the county and nine other jail sites across the country. It involves randomly selected inmates who take part voluntarily, giving information about their drug habits, criminal activity and housing and job status, and providing a urine sample within 48 hours of being booked.
Substance abuse by arrestees at the Hennepin County jail in Minneapolis was over 70 percent in 2010, a 10 percentage-point increase from 2009. The drug most commonly found was marijuana, in about half of those tested, followed by cocaine, in nearly one-fifth.
More than 90 percent of state prison inmates have been diagnosed as chemically abusive or dependent. Last year, 2,938 inmates were directed to treatment, but 1,200 didn’t get the chance to start because of space limitations. Of those who did begin treatment, which takes an average of eight months, two-thirds completed it.
See http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/08/16/the-drug-crime-connection-remains-strong-marijuana-is-the-prominent-drug/ for more on nationwide drug testing.