- 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
USA timeline. Prison, jail, probation, parole
Long timelines of U.S. incarceration
November Coalition graph. Some Congressmen and police who prosecuted the War on Drugs now believe it caused a large increase in the United States incarceration rate. See Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and larger chart with sources. See template. Incarceration peaked in 2008.
People in prisons and jails for drug offences
- 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.
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.
Cost of U.S. drug war
|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.|
USA. Adult and juvenile incarceration
|USA and territories. 2,424,279 inmates in 2008. ...|
|In 2008 with less than 5% of world population the USA had over 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.|
USA. Adult and juvenile inmate stats. Share link.
Cost of criminal justice system in the USA
- See main article: Cost of U.S. drug war.
U.S. federal mandatory minimum sentences
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. . See Wikipedia: Mandatory minimums. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 increased the amounts of crack cocaine required to trigger 5 and 10 year sentences. . See revised charts since then. Share link to this page.
For charts of all federal mandatory minimums (not just for drug offenses), go here.
Later chart with revisions, such as the amount of crack cocaine required for various sentences:
USA. Incarceration rates by race and ethnicity
USA. Cannabis arrests over time
- See main article: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA.
USA. Drug arrests over time, by drug type
|U.S. drug arrests||U.S. cannabis arrests only|
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.