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See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. See categories: Maps, and Charts and graphs. See: Current events and news. See: List of countries and U.S. states by incarceration rate.
The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.
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Incarceration rates worldwide

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Prisoner population rate world map

Prisoners per 100,000 population. Gray in the map means no data. See the Commons image page for sources and more info. See List of countries by incarceration rate. See template. Article: Compare incarceration rates.

USA timeline. Prison, jail, probation, parole

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Long timelines of U.S. incarceration

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See: Number incarcerated in the USA peaked in 2008‎.

Incarceration rates worldwide

See sourcing here. See charts and maps. Go here for latest incarceration rates for many nations. See Wikipedia list. See this category. Share link. See: Number incarcerated in the USA peaked in 2008.

People in prisons and jails for drug offences

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See main article: People in prisons and jails in the USA for drug-related crime.
See also: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate.

489,000 in 2013 (see chart below). For drug offenses alone.

Does not count drug-related burglary, robbery, murder, etc. to get drug money, defend turf, etc..

Cost of U.S. drug war

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Cost of U.S. drug war. Even $1.5 trillion dollars is conservative since many crimes are committed in order to get money for drugs. State prisons averaged $31,268 per inmate in 2010. See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. See: Economics - Drug War Facts. See: 32 Reasons Why We Need To End The War On Drugs - Business Insider. See: The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition.
Cost of U.S. drug war

A Chart That Says the War on Drugs Isn't Working. By Serena Dai. The Atlantic Wire. 12 Oct 2012. "The numbers on this chart alone don't add up to $1.5 trillion, which represents a more inclusive count of drug control spending, with prison costs and state level costs determined by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but instead to $800 billion." See: Cost of U.S. drug war. Share link.

USA. Adult and juvenile incarceration

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See also: Number incarcerated in the USA peaked in 2008.

The drug war causes the high U.S. incarceration rate.

US incarceration rate timeline
USA and territories. 2,424,279 inmates in 2008. ...
In 2008 with less than 5% of world population the USA had 2.4 million of 9.8 million world prisoners (b). See latest numbers and World Prison Population List. The majority of inmates in the USA are in due to the drug war. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. It peaked in 2008.
Total US inmates 2007-8

From U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. See template. See source info.

USA. Adult and juvenile inmate stats. Share link.

Cost of criminal justice system in the USA

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See main article: Cost of U.S. drug war.
Appendix Table 1. Total justice expenditures, 1982–2007. USA.
Real (inflation adjusted to 2007), and nominal dollars (unadjusted). $228 billion in 2007. Police, corrections, courts.
Year Nominal dollars
(in millions)
Real dollars
(in millions)
1982 $35,842 $84,129
1987 58,871 114,484
1992 93,777 154,912
1997 129,793 189,463
2002 179,580 227,672
2007 227,563 227,563
Justice Expenditures and Employment, FY 1982-2007. NCJ 236218. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
US criminal justice cost timeline

$228 billion total in 2007 according to BJS data. $36 billion in 1982 (not adjusted for inflation). Detailed yearly costs timeline is here (scroll down). See inflation-adjusted chart. BJS is U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The majority of prisoners are incarcerated due to the drug war. See drug war charts and maps. State prisons averaged $31,286 per inmate in 2010. See: Costs of U.S. drug war.

U.S. federal mandatory minimum sentences

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First mandatory minimums chart below is from an older FAMM report, "Correcting Course: Lessons from the 1970s Repeal of Mandatory Minimum Sentences". FAMM is Families Against Mandatory Minimums. [197]. See Wikipedia: Mandatory minimums. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 increased the amounts of crack cocaine required to trigger 5 and 10 year sentences. [198]. See revised charts since then. Share link to this page.

For charts of all federal mandatory minimums (not just for drug offenses), go here.
Federal mandatory minimum drug sentences

Later chart with revisions, such as the amount of crack cocaine required for various sentences:
USA. Federal mandatory minimum drug sentences

Marijuana Majority

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It has been up to 58% for legalization in some polls. See for latest graphic.

Marijuana Majority

USA. Incarceration rates by race and ethnicity

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  • USA 2009. Percent of adult males incarcerated by race and ethnicity

    Incarceration rates for adult males in U.S. jails and prisons by race and ethnicity. At midyear 2009, an estimated 4.7% of black non-Hispanic men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.8% of Hispanic men of any race, and 0.7% of white non-Hispanic men. Sources. More info: Race, ethnicity, and the drug war. See template.

  • USA 2009. Adult male incarceration rates per 100,000 population by race and ethnicity

USA. Cannabis arrests over time

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See main article: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA.



USA. Drug arrests over time, by drug type

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U.S. drug arrests U.S. cannabis arrests only

Arrests timeline by drug

Year  Arrests
1965   18,815 
1966   31,119 
1967   61,843 
1968   95,870 
1969  118,903
1970  188,682
1971  225,828
1972  292,179
1973  420,700
1974  445,000
1975  416,100
1976  441,100
1977  457,600
1978  445,800
1979  391,600
1980  401,982
1981  400,300
1982  455,600
1983  406,900
1984  419,400
1985  451,100
1986  361,800
1987  378,700
1988  391,600
Year  Arrests
1989  399,000
1990  326,900
1991  287,900
1992  342,300
1993  380,700
1994  481,100
1995  589,000
1996  641,600
1997  695,200
1998  682,900
1999  704,800
2000  734,500
2001  723,600
2002  697,100
2003  755,200
2004  771,600
2005  786,500
2006  829,600
2007  872,700
2008  847,863
2009  858,408
2010  853,839
2011  757,969
2012  749,825

Chart above from United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Image info. Source: Drugs and Crime Facts: Drug law violations and enforcement. Data source here. 23,488,625 U.S. cannabis arrests from 1965 to 2012. Of the 757,969 in 2011 an estimated 663,032 were for marijuana possession alone. See cannabis arrests. Data sources here and here. See template.

U.S. cannabis arrests by year

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USA. Marijuana versus violent crime arrests

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Marijuana Possession Arrests Exceed Violent Crime Arrests (INFOGRAPHIC). 17 Jan 2013. Huffington Post.

USA. Marijuana possession versus violent crime arrests

Healthcare costs by country

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Canadian Single-Payer Healthcare and Portuguese Decriminalization. Saves trillions of dollars.

Lower healthcare cost per person in Canada for all healthcare costs (public and private):

Average total healthcare spending (public and private) per person for various developed nations

Above chart is from: US Health Care Spending More than Twice the Average for Developed Countries | Mercatus. Canada's single-payer universal healthcare costs less per person than U.S. healthcare. [199][200]. For more country info and charts: [201][202].


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