Surging Number of Drug Offenders in Prison or on Parole/Probation

The number of drug offenders in prison and jail, or on probation and parole, is skyrocketing. An in-depth analysis by reveals that in 1990, an estimated 179,070 people were incarcerated for drugs, compared to 337,405 in 2009. That same year, a quarter of all people on probation, parole, or in prisons had a drug charge as their most serious offense.

Even  more alarming is the number of drug offenders in federal prisons, which has exploded at a rate of +212.5% since 1990.

Check out the full table here.

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at June 13, 2012, 9:58am

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