What percentage of US prisoners are in prison for drug related offenses?
Keeping this in view, what are most people in prison for?
|Offense||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|Courts or Corrections||690||0.4%|
|Extortion, Fraud, Bribery||9,743||6.0%|
|Homicide, Aggravated Assault, and Kidnapping Offenses||5,206||3.2%|
Additionally, how does the war on drugs affect incarceration rates? Booker said the 40-year war on drugs led to "a 500 percent increase in incarceration in our country, disproportionately affecting poor and disproportionately affecting minorities." Booker has his numbers right, looking at incarcerated population growth over the past 40 years.
Keeping this in view, what percentage of the US population is in prison?
Nearly one out of every 100 people in the United States is in a prison or jail. We're often asked what percent of the U.S. population is behind bars. The answer: About 0.7% of the United States is currently in a federal or state prison or local jail.
How much does it cost to incarcerate drug offenders?
It's no secret that incarcerating an individual costs the country a lot of money. According to the Vero Institute of Justice, that figure is roughly $31 thousand per state prisoner. From the data of all 40 states surveyed by the Vero Institute, it costs $40 billion per year to house prisoners in those 40 states.