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

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.


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.
Total US inmates 2007-8

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

Adult incarceration in the USA. Smaller

Source: Correctional Populations in the United States, 2013. See Appendix Table 2 in PDF. From U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Incarceration rate is per 100,000. See template. See juvenile detention numbers.

Total juvenile detention chart for the USA

Easy Access to Juvenile Populations [1] [2]. See template.


US incarceration timeline

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.


Correctional population USA

USA: Peak of 7.3 million people in 2007 under adult correctional supervision: On probation or parole, or incarcerated in jail or prison. About 3.2% of the U.S. adult population, or 1 in every 31 adults. More info here. See template.

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.

US incarceration rate timeline

Timeline of U.S. incarceration in prisons and jails as a percentage of Americans of all ages. See template. Image source and data.


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.

Cannabis arrests. See:

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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.

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See many drug war charts and maps. And: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate.
The number of people incarcerated in the USA peaked in 2008.
See list of incarceration rates by country (b c). Compare the rates. Due to the Drug War the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars!
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.

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.
"Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world's people & 25% of the world's prisoners."
USA. 25% of world's prisoners 4

Most are incarcerated due to the drug war. See: image info, larger banner. See: Number incarcerated in the USA peaked in 2008.

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.
  • Correctional population USA

    USA: Peak of 7.3 million people in 2007 under adult correctional supervision: On probation or parole, or incarcerated in jail or prison. About 3.2% of the U.S. adult population, or 1 in every 31 adults. More info here. See template.

  • US incarceration rate timeline

    Timeline of U.S. incarceration in prisons and jails as a percentage of Americans of all ages. Peaked in 2008. See template. Image source and data.

USA. Adult and juvenile inmate stats. Share link.

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US adult correctional population timeline

Source: Correctional Populations in the United States, 2013. See Appendix Table 5 in PDF.

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