Ratio of Violent to Drug Offenders in Jail
By Bryan Caplan
These official stats surprised even me. Back in 1980, State correctional facilities had 9 violent criminals for every drug offender.
By 2003, that ratio was 2.6:1. Clearly, the War on Drugs launched during my teen years was not just rhetoric – and though the War on Terror has crowded out rhetoric about the War on Drugs, the reality continues.