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