People Sentenced To State Prison For Drug Possession

The US Dept. of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that at yearend 2017 there were 1,273,674 people were serving sentences in state prisons in the US, of whom 183,900 (14.4% of the total) had as their most serious offence a drug charge: 46,800 for drug possession (3.7% of the total), and 137,100 for "other" drug offenses, including manufacturing and sale (10.8% of the total).


E. Ann Carson, PhD. Prisoners In 2018. Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, April 2020, NCJ253516.