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Discuss factors to be considered in crime prevention, including the benefits and costs. Tie your discussion to the debate on the legalization of drugs. 

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The debate over the legalization of drugs brings up many issues that we have to consider when we think about crime prevention and how aggressively to try to prevent crimes.  Let us look at a few of the issues that it brings up.

As you mention, the economic costs are a real factor that must be considered in connection with this issue.  With respect to the legalization of drugs, we can say that costs are a major reason why we would want to pursue legalization.  The costs of incarcerating drug offenders are very high.  So are the costs of pursuing drug traffickers and trying to interdict drug shipments.  All of these costs would be negated if we...

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