Drugs & Race Index

Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are white: 20 1

Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are black: 57 2

Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are Hispanic: 22 3

Percentage of clients in drug and alcohol treatment facilities in 1998 who are white: 58.3 4

Percentage of clients in drug and alcohol treatment facilities in 1998 who are black: 23.9 5

Percentage of clients in drug and alcohol treatment facilities in 1998 who are Hispanic: 13.5 6

Average length of a drug sentence for whites: 58 months 7

Average length of a drug sentence for blacks: 107 months 7

Footnotes

1 Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prisoners in 1999 NCJ 183476, 10: white state prisoners 1998 for drug offense is 46,300 out of 531,100; Bureau of Justice Statistics, Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics 1998; (op. cit.), 98: white federal prisoners 1998 for drug is 22% out of 63,011 = 13,862.

2 Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prisoners in 1999 (op. cit.), 10: black state prisoners 1998 for drug offense is 134,800 out of 531,100; Bureau of Justice Statistics, Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics 1998 NCJ 180258, 98: black federal prisoners 1998 for drug is 44.8% of 63,011 = 28,229.

3 Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prisoners in 1999 (op cit), 10: Hispanic state prisoners 1998 for drug offense is 51,700 out of 531,100; Bureau of Justice Statistics, Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics 1998 (op. cit.), 98: white federal prisoners 1998 for drug is 31.8% out of 63,011 = 20,037.

4Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics. Bureau of Justice Statistics http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook, Table 6.63.

5 Ibid., ibid.

6 Ibid., ibid.

7 Bureau of Justice Statistics, Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics 1999. NCJ 186179, p. 71: white = 57.5 mo., black = 106.9 mo.


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