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Predatory Public Finance and the Origins of the War on Drugs, 1984-1989
By Bruce L. Benson
David W. Rasmussen

This article appeared in the Fall 1996 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

Years before the public became interested in the war on drugs, the Comprehensive Crime Act of 1984 gave local police bureaucrats strong incentives to confiscate property allegedly used in drug crimes. As a result, sales from asset seizures enlarged police budgets, police resources were diverted away from fighting violent and property crime, and prison populations swelled with non-violent drug offenders, while illicit drug use continued unabated.



Other Independent Review articles by Bruce L. Benson
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    Fall 2014   Let’s Focus on Victim Justice, Not Criminal Justice
    Winter 2008   The Evolution of Eminent Domain: Market Failure or an Effort to Limit Government Power and Government Failure?
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Volume 1 Number 2
Fall 1996

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