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How Drugs Are Fueling California’s Crime Crisis: Insights from the Sheriff

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ByDavid Brown

Jul 8, 2023
California's Drug-Fueled Crime Crisis
David Brown

A sheriff in California blamed drug usage for an increase in crime in his state and charged politicians with fanning the flames with weak drug regulations. 

Here’s what Chad Bianco, Riverside County Sheriff, said:

“Almost all of the murders that we have to deal with, where authorities become involved with an assailant that is hitting at us or we engage in some type of officer-involved shooting, include drug usage.”

Bianco said that most cases involve combining marijuana with another drug, such as methamphetamine, heroin, or alcohol.

Nobody wants to hear such figures, he declared. “Our lawmakers simply won’t engage in any conversation that involves facts or statistics because the evidence supports our position.”

Here’s what the statistics show…

According to a KPCC and The San Bernardino Sun study, over 70% of those who were killed by police in San Bernardino County during a six-year period showed symptoms of drug or alcohol use. However, even though drug usage rates were comparable in both areas, this rate was more than twice as high as in Los Angeles County.

Alcohol has historically been linked to violence more frequently than any other substance, accounting for 19-37% of violent crimes between 1997 and 2008, based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics data. However, given that recreational marijuana has been legalized in more than 20 states since 2012, this may be changing.

A 2016 BJS study found that 34% of state inmates and 35% of drug offenders admitted to consuming alcohol when they committed violent crimes. When it came to property offenses, the disparity was even wider, with just 24% of convicts reporting drinking alcohol and 49% reporting drug use.

Bianco stated the following:

“Almost every crime can be linked back to some type of a drug: robberies, burglaries, human trafficking, and squad shootings. They were either drug users when they got caught or drug users when they were sentenced.”

Is it the fault of the US lawmakers?

As a result of making narcotics “basically legal,” he charged, politicians were stoking the flames. Bianco has previously attacked Prop 47 for making California more challenging to coerce people into drug treatment programs by reducing many drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors.

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