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40.000+ in 2011. In state and federal prisons. Jail numbers not included.
- Marijuana | Drug War Facts. Section: "Cannabis and the Criminal Justice System". And subsection: "State and Federal Marijuana Prisoners". It says there were around 44,000 in 2004. This does not include those in jails.
- Life In Prison For Pot And Other Travesties Of Marijuana Prohibition. 4 Sept. 2014. Forbes. From the article there is this 2011 estimate of roughly 40,000 marijuana prisoners (in state and federal prisons, but not in local jails):
In 2004, according to a 2007 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, marijuana convictions accounted for 12.7 percent of drug offenders in state prisons and 12.4 percent of drug offenders in federal prisons. Applying those percentages to the drug offender numbers for 2011 (225,200 state, 94,600 federal) suggests that roughly 40,000 people are serving time in state and federal prisons for marijuana offenses. That number does not include people serving shorter sentences in local jails, where a total of about 182,000 drug offenders were confined in 2011. Nor does it include the vast majority of the 758,000 people arrested for marijuana offenses that year.
- Nearly One In Eight US Drug Prisoners Are Behind Bars For Pot. 12 October 2006. NORML.
Timeline of cannabis arrests by year:
Life for pot
- See main article: USA. Life for pot.
- Life in prison for selling marijuana: Meet the people new pot laws forgot. MSNBC. 8 Sep 2015. . "At least 67 people are in prison right now, sentenced to die there for selling marijuana". And: LifeForPot.com. And: POW420.com also lists some cannabis lifers. Facebook: Life for Pot. And: Life In Prison For Pot And Other Travesties Of Marijuana Prohibition. 4 Sept. 2014. Forbes.
- Jeff Mizanskey, life without parole: Missouri man freed after spending two decades in prison for marijuana charge. 1 Sep 2015. Guardian. . And: Grandpa Doing Life Without Parole. . Nazi Republican prosecutor.
- . Religious Right: Supported Life for Pot. . . .
- Life for Pot Prisoner Larry Duke Released! .
|The drug war is a big cause of the high US incarceration rate. Also, the rest of the developed world has much lower rates of handgun ownership, and much lower murder rates. They never reached the levels of violence the USA did due to handguns and drug war. So they never had the clamoring of the far-right National Rifle Association (NRA) demanding mandatory minimum sentencing. Canada and Europe have long had much lower incarceration rates, better healthcare, and far fewer and shorter sentences for marijuana offenses.|
People in prisons and jails for drug offences
- See main article: People in prisons and jails in the USA for drug-related crime.
489,000 in 2013 (see chart below). For drug offenses alone.
In 2009 26.4% of those in federal and state prisons, or on probation or parole, were in due to drug offenses. Jail numbers are not included below.
|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.|
More on cannabis arrests
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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.
Sources for marijuana arrest numbers:
- These numbers were used for 1965 through 1981 (except for 1980):
- These BJS numbers were used for 1982 through 2007:
- 1982-2007: Drugs and Crime Facts: Drug law violations and enforcement. From the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports.
- The 2008 through 2012 numbers came from the link below. Also, 1980:
- 1995-2012 (and 1980, 1990): Marijuana. Drug War Facts. From Common Sense for Drug Policy. Table also has possession and sales breakdown, total drug arrests, violent crime arrests, property crime arrests, and total arrests of all kinds. Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports.
- Since the 1980 number is different between the sources, the last link above is used due to its detailed listing of sources.
- Compare cannabis arrest numbers with other categories of arrests:
- Drug Arrest Rates for Drug Abuse Violations statistics. USA census numbers.
- Percent distribution of arrests for drug abuse violations. By type of drug, United States, 1982-2009. Sourcebook of criminal justice statistics Online.
- See also: Wikimedia Commons:Category:Cannabis arrest statistics.
Marijuana possession versus violent crime
- Police in Washington divert efforts to other crimes due to marijuana law. Much money saved. 20 March 2014. MSNBC.
- Marijuana Possession Arrests Exceed Violent Crime Arrests (INFOGRAPHIC). 17 Jan 2013. Huffington Post.
Europe and Canada have much lower murder rates than the USA. They also have more harm-reduction oriented drug policies. Sources and data here and here. See Wikipedia: List of countries by intentional homicide rate.
More info and news
- March On Mayor Bloomberg's House: Protest Marijuana Arrests. By Steve Elliott. March 28, 2012. From the article: "Under Bloomberg, More Than 400,000 People Arrested on Low-Level Marijuana Charges in NYC. ... He's spending at least $75 million a year for these arrests. ... In the last five years under Bloomberg, the NYPD made more marijuana arrests than in the 24 years under Mayors Giuliani, Dinkins and Koch combined."