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The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the United States - 1992

Appendix C, Table C.1

Publicly Financed Criminal Justice System, Police Protection Costs by Type of Offense, 1992

Arrests Causal Factors
(%)
Police Protection Costs1
(millions of dollars)
Type of Offense Number Percent of Total Arrests Alcohol Abuse Drug Abuse Alcohol Drug Total Alcohol and Drug

Homicide

22,510 0.2 30.0 15.8 17 9 26

Aggravated Assault

507,210 3.6 30.0 5.1 388 66 454

Sexual Assault

39,100 0.3 22.5 2.4 22 2 25

Other Assaults

1,074,700 7.6 30.0 5.1 822 140 962

Robbery

173,310 1.2 3.4 27.2 15 120 135

Burglary

424,000 3.0 3.6 30.0 39 324 363

Larceny-Theft

1,504,500 10.7 2.8 29.6 107 1,135 1,243

Auto Theft

197,600 1.4 3.5 6.8 18 34 52

Driving Under Influence*

1,624,500 11.5 100.0 0 64 0 64

Liquor Laws*

541,700 3.8 100.0 0 21 0 21

Public Drunkenness*

832,300 5.9 100.0 0 33 0 33

Stolen Property

161,500 1.1 0 15.1 0 62 62

Prostitution

96,200 0.7 0 12.8 0 31 31

Drug Laws

1,066,400 7.6 0 100.0 0 2,719 2,719

Other

5,809,570 41.3 0 0 0 0 0
Total 14,075,100 100.0 NA NA 1,547 4,644 6,191

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice (1992b), table 2, p. 3; (1994b), tables 4 and 30, pp. 60, 218.
Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding.
1Total Police Protection Costs (PPC) were $31.8 billion in 1990; State and local CJS spending grew 13 percent (to $35.9 billion) from 1990 to 1992.
*PPC for these alcohol offenses estimated at $39.57 x number of arrests for each offense.


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