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Friday, November 30, 2012

California Youth Crime Plunged After Weed Decriminalization


Arrests of youths under age 18 in California fell by 20 percent from 2010 to 2011, and researchers identified marijuana decriminalization as the largest contributor to the sharp decline.
An analysis of arrest data by The Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice (CJCJ) found that all crime decreased substantially among youths from 2010 to 2011, reaching its lowest level since statewide statistics were first compiled in 1954.
The researchers note that the stunning 47 percent drop in drug offense arrests was primarily caused by "a drop of 9,000 in youths’ low-level marijuana possession arrests under a new state law reducing that offense from a misdemeanor to an infraction," although other drug offenses decreased considerably as well.
California's new law makes the possession of under an ounce of pot punishable by a $100 fine.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just imagine how much it would drop in NY City where they have the stop and frisk for any reason. Arresting people for possession of marijuana is a drain on law enforcement and court resources.

Talk about cutting government spending?

Anonymous said...

Told ya so.