Drug-related convictions account for nearly half of federal prisoners
I'm surprised that almost 88% plead guilty. Is that number similar to other courts for drug crimes?
Originally Posted by OregonLive
Nearly half of the 188,736 inmates now in federal prison were convicted of drug offenses. Most are young, minority men, with Latinos and blacks making up the largest group, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Sentencing Commission released Wednesday.
Nearly 88 percent of the population pleaded guilty to the crimes, the figures show.
The numbers represent a snapshot of the federal prison population in February of this year.
The illegal drug trade accounted for 48 percent of offenses that landed people in federal prison, with distribution of methamphetamine, followed by powder cocaine and crack cocaine, responsible for the most convictions.
Gun-related crimes were next, representing 19 percent of the convictions, although guns were involved in nearly a quarter of crimes that resulted in federal prison time for offenders...
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