Explaining Drug Crime with Criminological Theory

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CRM 4243 10 September 2014 Assignment #1 Explaining Drug Crime with Criminological Theory Illicit drug use has been a social problem in the United States for many years. According to an article on the Drug War Facts website, in 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. According to the data findings, marijuana was deemed the most common used drug of all Americans. As of 2012, there were an estimated 18.9 million marijuana users across the United States. A pressing question stands for illicit drug use in the United States: why are these drugs labeled illicit even illegal? Drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and most pills are termed illegal simply because the United States government believes that these drugs affect our bodies in the most terrible ways. The problem occurs when we can connect social problems between crime and drugs. According to Drugs, Crime, & Contemporary Perspectives, the use of drugs is connected to crime rates in the United States and around the world. It is believed that people commit crimes because of the effects of drugs. This counts for purchasing and/or selling drugs. We see from research that there are theories which explain the effects of drug usage on crime. I studied the chapter on explaining drug crime with the Criminological Theory. From this, we see that the criminological theory examines crime, criminals, and the environment in an effort to explain criminal behavior. I chose an article to study and compare from The Journal of Jurisprudence. The article was Drug Legalization: Rescuing Central America from the Claws of Crime. Basically, this article says that within Central America, the drug trade has taken a turn for the worst in Central America. As a result, the people of their society are struck with a lot of crime. As in the United States, Central America
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