Number of People in Jail or State Prisons Who Report Committing Crime to Get Money for Drugs

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"About 21% each of state prisoners and sentenced jail inmates said their most serious current offense was committed to get money for drugs or to obtain drugs (table 7). A larger percentage of prisoners (39%) and jail inmates (37%) held for property offenses said they committed the crime for money for drugs or drugs than other offense types. Nearly a third of drug offenders (30% of state prisoners and 29% of jail inmates) said they committed the offense to get drugs or money for drugs. Approximately 1 in 6 state prisoners (15%) and jail inmates (14%) who committed violent offenses said they did so to get money for drugs or to obtain drugs."

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Jennifer Bronson, PhD, Jessica Stroop, Stephanie Zimmer, and Marcus Berzofsky, PhD, "Drug Use, Dependence, and Abuse Among State Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2007-2009" (Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2017), NCJ250546, p. 1.
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