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Economic and Social Effects of Crime - The High Cost Of Crime

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The following annual figures estimating the various costs of crime in the mid-1990s come from the National Institute of Justice and a study by David A. Anderson called "The Aggregate Burden of Crime." The study was published in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of Law and Economics. Crime costs are based on approximately 49 million annual crimes and attempted crimes in the United States.

$105 billion each year in medical bills and lost earnings; $450 billion when including pain and suffering and lost quality of life

$400 billion to operate corrections facilities

$130 billion for crime prevention and loss of potential productivity of criminals and inmates

$1 trillion when including the cost of the criminal justice systems, as well as private individuals and companies taking security measures

$426 billion of the $450 billion is related to violent crime, the remaining $24 billion to property crime

$4,118 is the annual cost of crime to each U.S. citizen

$603 billion lost to the economy from fraud and unpaid taxes

$500 million of money or valuables taken in robberies

$15 billion in property stolen

$127 billion from rape offenses; assault $93 billion, murder $61 billion, and child abuse $56 billion

$45 billion paid by insurance programs to crime victims

$8 billion paid to victims by U.S. government annually for restorative and emergency services

3 percent of all medical expenses in the nation is related to violent crimes

1 percent of annual U.S. earnings is equal to wage losses from violent crime

10 to 20 percent of mental healthcare costs are attributed to crime

$54,000 is the average cost of each arson incident; $31,000 for each assault

$25,000 to $30,000 is the annual cost of an inmate in prison

4 out of 5 gunshot victims end up on public assistance and uninsured, costing the government $4.5 billion annually



(From the National Center For Policy Analysis Web site at http://www.ncpa.org/pi/crime.html)

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over 7 years ago

wow! this made me look back n see what cost i had a part in. while i was doing some of thEsE things, me n my nation WAS suffering. Not even knowing how much crime n wasted money was. its my 2 sememster in the study of criminal justice.

thanks this was so usefull

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about 8 years ago

This is brillant ..and very sad.

I seem that political leaders ignore the potetial of just calling upon all the citizens of our priviledged western society to help us recover from the current economic crisis by simply "cleaning up our acts as an act of patriotism.

AND please consider not buying bullets for our enemies with your drug purchases.

Mr. "O" please help us see that the problem is US adn we CAN fix it (at least its worth mentioning..