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    Prohibition Crime Rate: You can also follow the link to see a bar chart crime rate before, during, and after National Prohibition.

    According to a study taken in 30 US cities, there was a 24 percent increase in crime rate between 1920 and 1921.  The rate of arrests on account of drunkenness rose 41 percent, and arrests for drunken driving increased 81 percent.  Thefts rose 9 percent, and assault and battery incidents rose 13 percent.  Before Prohibition, there had only been 4000 federal convicts, and less than 3000 were housed in federal prisons.  By 1932, the number of federal convicts had increased 561 percent and the federal prison population increased by 361 percent.  Over 2/3 of all prisoners in 1930 were convicted on alcohol and drug charges.

    Crime Rate

            Prohibition
           begins 192
    0         ends 1933

           1920 - 6.8          1933 - 9.7
           1921 - 8.1          1934 - 9.5
           1922 - 8.0          1935 - 8.3
           1923 - 7.8          1936 - 8.0
           1924 - 8.1          1937 - 7.6
           1925 - 8.3          1938 - 6.8
           1926 - 8.4          1939 - 6.4
           1927 - 8.4          1940 - 6.3
           1928 - 8.6          1941 - 6.0
           1929 - 8.4          1942 - 5.9
           1930 - 8.8          1943 - 5.1
           1931 - 9.2          1944 - 5.0
           1932 - 9.0

    The crime rate has hovered around the 9.2 +/- 1.0 per 100,000 mark for the past twenty years.

    I don't think you can be a success at anything if you think about losing, whether it's in sports or in politics. ~Edward Kennedy

    by denig on Fri Jul 02, 2010 at 09:59:37 AM PDT

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