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

Appendix C, Table C.2

Publicly Financed Criminal Justice System, Legal and Adjudication Costs by Type of Offense, 1992

Arrests

Causal Factors
(%)

Legal and Adjudication 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 4 2 7

Aggravated Assault

507,210 3.6 30.0 5.1 101 17 118

Sexual Assault

39,100 0.3 22.5 2.4 6 1 6

Other Assault

1,074,700 7.6 30.0 5.1 214 36 251

Robbery

173,310 1.2 3.4 27.2 4 31 35

Burglary

424,000 3.0 3.6 30.0 10 84 95

Larceny-Theft

1,504,500 10.7 2.8 29.6 28 296 324

Auto Theft

197,600 1.4 3.5 6.8 5 9 14

Driving Under Influence*

1,624,500 11.5 100.0 0.0 64 0 64

Liquor Laws*

541,700 3.8 100.0 0.0 21 0 21

Public Drunkenness*

832,300 5.9 100.0 0.0 33 0 33

Stolen Property

161,500 1.1 0.0 15.1 0 16 16

Prostitution

96,200 0.7 0.0 12.8 0 8 8

Drug Laws

1,066,400 7.6 0.0 100.0 0 708 708

Other

5,809,570 41.3 0 0 0 0 0
Total

14,075,100

100.0

NA

NA

491

1,210

1,701

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice (1992b), table 2, p. 3; (1994b), table 25, p. 208.
Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding.
1Expenditures on total Legal and Adjudication Costs (LAC) were $16.55 billion in 1990; adjusting up 13 percent for inflation and down 50 percent for civil cases yields $9.35 billion.
*LAC for these alcohol offenses estimated at $39.57 x number of arrests for each offense.


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