Felony Convictions in State Courts

"In 2006, an estimated 1,205,273 persons were convicted of a felony (federal and state courts). Of that number, 1,132,290 were convicted in state courts, the vast majority (94 percent) of whom pleaded guilty. At the time of sentencing, about 3 out of 4 felons sentenced (77 percent) were sentenced for a single felony."

The accompanying data table shows that 377,860 (33.4%) of these convictions were for Drug Offenses, of which 165,360 (14.6% of all convictions) were for Possession and 212,490 (18.8% of all convictions) were for Trafficking.


Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 (Washington, DC: US Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, 2012), Table 346 Felony Convictions in State Courts: 2000 to 2006, p. 216.