45,300 People At Year-End 2016 Serving Sentences in State Prisons in the US Whose Most Serious Offense Was Possession

The US Dept. of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that at yearend 2016, 1,288,466 people were serving sentences in state prisons in the US, of whom 190,100 (14.75% of the total) had as their most serious offence a drug charge: 45,300 for drug possession (3.51% of the total), and 144,800 for "other" drug offenses, including manufacturing and sale (11.24% of the total).


Jennifer Bronson, PhD, and E. Ann Carson, PhD. Prisoners In 2017. Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, April 2019, NCJ252156, p. 22, Table 13.