A look at federal prisons, by the numbers

  • Updated: August 12, 2013 - 5:00 PM

WASHINGTON — A look at federal prisons, by the numbers:

—Number of federal prison inmates: 219,000

—Number of inmates in federal prisons for drug offenses, 1980: 4,700

—Number of inmates in federal prisons for drug offenses, 2010: 97,500

—Number of federal convictions for drug offenses each year: 25,000

—Number of federal drug convictions each year for lower-level drug offenses such as street dealing or delivering: 11,250

—Percentage of federal inmates convicted of drug offenses who are African-America: 30 percent

—Percentage of federal inmates convicted of drug offenses who are Hispanic: 40 percent

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