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Dept. of Justice Prison Report

The new Department of Justice US Prison Population report (pdf) is to be released tomorrow. Here are some of the key figures in the report (thanks to Common Sense for Drug Policy, and jackl):
State Prison Inmates in 2002:

  • 21.4% were drug offenders — 265,000 out of 1,237,500.
  • 31.5% of all women in state prison were serving time for drugs — 25,100
    out of 79,800 women total.
  • 25.1% of all blacks in state prison were serving time for drugs — 126,000
    out of 501,700 blacks.
  • 27.4% of all Hispanics in state prison were serving time for drugs —
    61,700 out of 225,000 Hispanics.
  • 14.8% of whites in state prison were serving time for drugs — 64,500 out
    of 435,100.

Federal Prison Inmates 2003:

  • Total: 158,426 Inmates
  • Drug offenses: 86,972
  • Violent offenses: 16,688
  • Property offenses: 11,283
  • Public-order offenses: 42,325 (includes immigration and weapons)
  • Other: 1,158

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