This article was written by my good friend Joe Hughes. I think the trend in the story will hold up the longer addictions are criminalized and the gap widens between the haves and the have nots.
San Diego is becoming more violent.
The city's violent crime rate rose over the first six months of the year when compared to the same period last year – the first time that's happened since 1992, according to a report that goes before a City Council committee Wednesday.
Crime in the city
Led by a 28.5 percent spike in reported rapes, the violent crime rate rose from 5.47 incidents per 1,000 residents in the first half of 2002 to 5.68 incidents per 1,000 residents through June of this year.
Increases in the property crime rate were even more pronounced.