Estimated Number of People Sentenced To Federal Prison For Drug Offenses

Federal-Specific Data

"More than half (54%) of drug offenders in the federal prison system had a form of cocaine (powder or crack) as the primary drug type (table 2). Methamphetamine offenders (24%) accounted for the next largest share, followed by marijuana (12%) and heroin (6%) offenders. Offenders convicted of crimes involving other drugs (including LSD, some prescription drugs, and MDMA or ecstasy) made up 3% of offenders."


Sam Taxy, Julie Samuels, and William Adams, Urban Institute, "Drug Offenders in Federal Prison: Estimates of Characteristics Based on Linked Data," (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, October 2015), NCJ 248648, p. 2.