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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistics_of_incarcerated_African-American_males

One of the main reasons for a disproportionate amount of African American males in prison has to do with the war on drugs which was a result of a tough on crime approach created by policymakers in the 1980s. The growth in the U.S. prison population is attributable to “tough on crime” policies and legislation, mainly the ...

www.bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_offenses.jsp

Sep 23, 2017 ... Chart Label, Offense, # of Inmates, % of Inmates. a, Banking and Insurance, Counterfeit, Embezzlement, 517, 0.3%. b, Burglary, Larceny, Property Offenses, 8,171, 4.7%. c, Continuing Criminal Enterprise, 387, 0.2%. d, Courts or Corrections, 802, 0.5%. e, Drug Offenses, 80,585, 46.3%. f, Extortion, Fraud ...

fivethirtyeight.com/features/releasing-drug-offenders-wont-end-mass-incarceration

Jul 17, 2015 ... It's been a landmark week in the criminal-justice world, as a barnstorming President Obama pushed for broad reforms to the sentencing system and called for an end to mass incarceration. (The U.S. has roughly 5 percent of the world's population, but a quarter of its prison population.) On Monday he ...

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/drug-war-mass-incarceration_n_3034310.html

Apr 8, 2013 ... More than half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug crimes in 2010, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and that number has only just dipped below 50 percent in 2011. Despite more relaxed attitudes among the public at large toward non-violent offenses like marijuana use, the number of ...

www.drugpolicy.org/issues/drug-war-statistics

Sep 25, 2017 ... Number of those charged with marijuna law violations who were arrested for possession only: 574,641 (89 percent). Number of ... Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison who are black or Latino, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 57 percent.

www.drugwarfacts.org/chapter/drug_prison

On December 31, 2015, 249,900 state prisoners (19%) were sentenced to at least 1 year for property offenses. Sixteen percent of state prisoners were serving sentences for drug-related offenses (206,300 prisoners). "Violent offenders represented more than half (54%) of the sentenced male state prisoners. More than a ...

www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/dofp12.pdf

information about prisoners' criminal history, offense details, and sentencing decisions, making it difficult to assess the criminal background of the offenders and the nature of their offenses. This report uses a new dataset that links the BOP population at fiscal yearend 2012 (i.e., stock population), with sentencing information ...

www.bjs.gov/content/dcf/duc.cfm

Seventy-six percent of jail inmates who had a mental health problem were dependent on or abused alcohol or drugs, compared to 53% of inmates without a mental health problem. This was the highest rate of substance dependence or abuse among all inmates, including state and federal prisoners. By specific type of ...

www.naacp.org/criminal-justice-fact-sheet

Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015. If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%. Drug Sentencing Disparities; In ...