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With less than 5% of world population the USA has over 2.4 million of 9.8 million world prisoners! The majority of U.S. inmates are in due to the drug war.
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CHART. Percentage of U.S. federal prison population who are drug offenders, 1970 onwards. Total federal prison population in USA over time.
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USA. Percentage of federal prison population who are
drug offenders. Timeline. 1970 onwards.
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Year_____Total_____Total______Total______
Percentage
_______sentenced___sentenced__sentenced__of________
_________and_______pop._______
drug_______sentenced_
_____unsentenced______________
offenders__prisoners_
______population_________________________who_are___
_________________________________________
drug______
_________________________________________
offenders_
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1970______21,266___20,686_____3,384______16.3%
1971______20,891___20,529_____3,495______17__
1972______22,090___20,729_____3,523______16.9
1973______23,336___22,038_____5,652______25.6
1974______23,690___21,769_____6,203______28.4
1975______23,566___20,692_____5,540______26.7
1976______27,033___24,135_____6,425______26.6
1977______29,877___25,673_____6,743______26.2
1978______27,674___23,501_____5,981______25.4
1979______24,810___21,539_____5,468______25.3
1980______24,252___19,023_____4,749______24.9
1981______26,195___19,765_____5,076______25.6
1982______28,133___20,938_____5,518______26.3
1983______30,214___26,027_____7,201______27.6
1984______32,317___27,622_____8,152______29.5
1985______36,042___27,623_____9,491______34.3
1986______37,542___30,104____11,344______37.7
1987______41,609___33,246____13,897______41.8
1988______41,342___33,758____15,087______44.7
1989______47,568___37,758____18,852______49.9
1990______54,613___46,575____24,297______52.2
1991______61,026___52,176____29,667______56.9
1992______67,768___59,516____35,398______59.5
1993______76,531___68,183____41,393______60.7
1994______82,269___73,958____45,367______61.3
1995______85,865___76,947____46,669______60.7
1996______89,672___80,872____49,096______60.7
1997______95,513___87,294____52,059______59.6
1998_____104,507___95,323____55,984______58.7
1999_____115,024__104,500____60,399______57.8
2000_____123,141__112,329____63,898______56.9
2001_____131,419__120,829____67,037______55.5
2002_____139,183__128,090____70,009______54.7
2003_____148,731__137,536____75,801______55.1
2004_____154,706__143,864____77,867______54.1
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"Note: These data represent prisoners housed in Federal
Bureau of Prisons facilities; prisoners housed in contract
facilities are not included.
Data for 1970-76 are for June 30;
beginning in 1977, data are for September 30."
The 2004 stats in the chart are for November 4.
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/federal.htm mirror page.
http://corporatism.tripod.com/federal.htm mirror page.
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/ind/DRUGS.Prisoners.Federal.2.html
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/pdf/t657.pdf and
http://www.bop.gov/news/weekly_report.jsp Weekly stats.
http://www.bop.gov/about/facts.jsp Quick facts.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/tables/corr2tab.htm __
From the link just above: State and Federal prisoners
totaled 1,421,911 in 2004. Jails held another 713,990.

The "quick facts" link has detailed stats on race, gender,
ethnicity, offenses, sentences, nationality, total inmates, etc..

From the July 2000 report, "Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States" one finds this: "Nearly one in four persons (23.7%) imprisoned in the United States is currently imprisoned for a drug offense. The number of persons behind bars for drug offenses (458,131) is roughly the same as the entire prison and jail population in 1980 (474,368)." If drug-war-related crimes are added in, such as burglary, theft, robbery, larceny, and murder for money to buy drugs (which are expensive due to the drug war); and parole violations due to drugs; then the MAJORITY of inmates in jails, state prisons, and federal prisons in the USA are incarcerated due to the drug war.
http://corporatism.tripod.com/majority.htm and
http://www.cjcj.org/drug/exsumm.html and
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/index.html#distortion and
http://drcnet.org/wol/147.html#risingnumbers and
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/drc.htm and
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/drrc.pdf and
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/ind/DRUGS.Prisoners.Federal.2.html and
http://www.bop.gov/news/weekly_report.jsp Weekly stats.
http://www.bop.gov/about/facts.jsp Quick facts.

From the last 2 links just above:
TOTAL FEDERAL INMATE POPULATION: 192,198.
Total sentenced population: 174,392
Inmates in Bureau of Prisons facilities: 162,313
Inmates in privately-managed secure facilities: 18,751
Inmates in other contract facilities: 11,134

INMATES BY GENDER.
Male: 179,257 (93.3 %)
Female: 12,941 (6.7 %)
INMATES BY RACE.
White: 108,374 (56.4 %)
Black: 77,282 (40.2 %)
Native American: 3,325 (1.7 %)
Asian: 3,217 (1.7 %)
ETHNICITY.
Hispanic: 60,364 (31.4 %)
These figures are as of September 23, 2006.

For more stats and info on where all the federal prisoners are housed:
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/press/p04pr.htm

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