44,700 People Serving Sentences in State Prisons in the US Whose Most Serious Offense was Possession

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The US Dept. of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that at yearend 2015, 1,298,159 people were serving sentences in state prisons in the US, of whom 197,200 (15.2% of the total) had as their most serious offence a drug charge: 44,700 for drug possession (3.4% of the total), and 152,500 for "other" drug offenses, including manufacturing and sale (11.7% of the total).

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E. Ann Carson, PhD. Prisoners In 2016. Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, January 2018, NCJ251149, Table 12, p. 18, and Table 13, p. 19.
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