What Murder Costs Us

A recent study placing the costs of murder at $17.25 million is attracting a great deal of attention. I hope it will help make the case for crime prevention initiatives at a time of diminishing state budgets.

As with many cost-benefit studies, the number itself cannot convey the human impact of what it is estimating in economic terms. So consider this: If he hadn’t been murdered, today would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday.