Lowry Heussler and I have a piece on “Crime-Minimizing Drug Policy” in the latest Journal of Criminal Justice.
Here’s the conclusion:
Drug abuse control policy tends to focus on reducing drug consumption, with “supply side” (laws and enforcement) and
“demand side” (prevention and treatment) as the means to that end. There seems little reason to hope that simply doing more of any of those things can substantially shrink either drug abuse or drug-related crime. Properly designed and implemented interventions that focus on ﬂagrant markets, violent dealers, and criminally active high-rate drug users – along with the easiest anti-crime policy of all, raising alcohol taxes – could reduce both crime and incarceration.