Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chicago Criminal Attorney Comments on the Attenuated Correlation between Drugs and Crime

This Chicago Criminal Attorney knows that for decades people have looked for correlations in crime.  They’ve made them based on IQ, race, gender, and income levels.  Now they are making that relationship to drugs in the city.

 About 83 percent of men arrested in Chicago last year tested positive for illegal drugs, according to a federal study that put Chicago at the top of 10 major U.S. cities.
That percentage is actually somewhat lower than in years past, the study by the Office of National Drug Control Policy said. In 2001, for instance, 89.6 percent of adult men arrested in Chicago tested positive for drugs.
Low city on the list was Washington D.C., with 52 percent. Next closest to Chicago was Sacramento at 80 percent. Other cities in the study were Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New York and Portland.
The study, the fourth conducted, was done to illustrate the link between drug use and crime. Nationally, more than half of adult males arrested tested positive for at least one drug.
"These findings illustrate why we must approach the nation's drug problem as a public health and safety problem," said Gil Kerlikowski, director of the drug control policy office. "Drug addiction is too often the root of crime in our communities."
Anyone else with research or statistics background see a flaw, perhaps even a bit of circular logic?

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