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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. Compare incarceration rates worldwide. See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars! Cannabis is safer! Share link.


World incarceration map
World map showing number of prisoners per 100,000 citizens. See the Commons image page for sources and more info. See List of countries by incarceration rate. See template. See larger map.
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Incarceration rates worldwide
See sourcing here. Go here for latest incarceration rates for many nations. See this category. Share link.
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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. See latest numbers and World Prison Population List (10th edition). 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.
Total US inmates 2007-8
See template. See sources.
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Adult incarceration in the USA. Smaller
Source: Correctional Populations in the United States, 2010. 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.
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Total juvenile detention chart for the USA
Data is from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. See template.
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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.


Correctional population USA
USA: Over 7.2 million persons on probation or parole, or incarcerated in jail or prison, at yearend 2006. About 3.2% of the U.S. adult population, or 1 in every 31 adults. Larger chart with detailed source info: [1]. Latest data: [2]. See template.
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Inmates per 100,000 population by race and ethnicity
Incarceration rates for adult males in U.S. jails and prisons by race and ethnicity. On June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black non-Hispanic men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men of any race, and 0.7% of white non-Hispanic men. Image and data sources. More info: The Drug War causes the high U.S. incarceration rates. See template.
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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.
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"We are the party of lower taxes for the American people". - John Boehner, Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. December 21, 2011. Share link.
US criminal justice cost timeline
$228 billion total in 2007 according to BJS data. $36 billion in 1982 (not adjusted for inflation). Detailed costs table is archived 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. Correction costs alone averaged $30,600 per inmate in 2007.
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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  405,600
1981  400,300
1982  455,600
1983  406,900
1984  419,400
1985  451,100
1986  361,800
1987  378,700
Year  Arrests
1988  391,600
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

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. 22,742,418 U.S. cannabis arrests from 1965 to 2011. 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 list of incarceration rates by country. Compare the rates. Due to the Drug War the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world. See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars! Let's Break the Taboo! Cannabis is safer! Share link.

The purple elephant in the room:

World incarceration map
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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. Compare incarceration rates worldwide. See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars! Cannabis is safer! Share link.
Correctional population USA
USA: Over 7.2 million persons on probation or parole, or incarcerated in jail or prison, at yearend 2006. About 3.2% of the U.S. adult population, or 1 in every 31 adults. Larger chart with detailed source info: [3]. Latest data: [4]. See template.
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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.
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"Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world's people & 25% of the world's prisoners."
USA. 25% of world's prisoners 2
Image info, larger banner, template, and stats. More info: [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]. Most are incarcerated due to the drug war.
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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. See latest numbers and World Prison Population List (10th edition). 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.
Inmates per 100,000 population by race and ethnicity
Incarceration rates for adult males in U.S. jails and prisons by race and ethnicity. On June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black non-Hispanic men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men of any race, and 0.7% of white non-Hispanic men. Image and data sources. More info: The Drug War causes the high U.S. incarceration rates. See template.
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USA. Adult and juvenile inmate stats. Share link.
Adult incarceration in the USA. Smaller
Source: Correctional Populations in the United States, 2010. 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.
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Total juvenile detention chart for the USA
Data is from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. See template.
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US adult correctional population, 2000-2012
Source: Correctional Populations in the United States, 2012. See Table 2 in PDF. From U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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