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$17.25 Million/Murder

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ScienceDaily has this article about a recent study tallying the societal costs of five major crimes.  A sociology professor and five graduate students at Iowa State University calculated the numbers based on costs to victims and the criminal justice system, lost productivity of the victim and criminal, and the public's resulting willingness to pay for crime prevention measures.  The totals:

Murder -- $17,252,656
Rape -- $448,532
Armed robbery -- $335,733
Aggravated assault -- $145,379
Burglary -- $41,288

An abstract of the published study, "Murder by numbers: monetary costs imposed by a sample of homicide offenders," is available here.

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