True cost of drugs: More than half of inmates currently in U.S. federal prisons were convicted of narcotic offenses


By Daily Mail Reporter

More than 50 per cent on inmates in U.S. federal prisons were jailed for drug offences, shocking new figures show.

The statistics from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, reveal that out of a total inmate population of 215,888, 102,391 (that’s 50.8 per cent) were jailed for drug offences.

The second highest crime area was weapons, explosives and arson offences with a prison population of 30,509, that’s 15.1 per cent, according to the figures published on the Department’s website on May 28 of this year.

Menace of drugs: 50.8 per cent of federal prison inmates were jailed for narcotics offences, a new report shows Menace of drugs: 50.8 per cent of federal prison inmates were jailed for narcotics offences, a new report shows

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