45,300 People At Year-End 2016 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 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).

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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.
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