Estimated number of sentenced people in federal prisons in the US, by offense, 1980, 1990, 1995, and 2000-2019

Estimated Number Of Sentenced People In Federal Prisons In The US, by Most Serious Offense
YEAR 1980 1985 1990 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
TOTAL 19,471 27,607 56,989 129,329 137,574 143,690 152,693 153,776 160,524 167,051 173,979 176,081 184,553 186,545 193,043 193,861 193,775 192,662 185,917 177,554 166,776 162,904 158,107
OFFENSE TYPE
Violent 6,572 7,768 9,557 12,973 14,000 14,500 14,500 15,100 15,200 15,100 14,800 14,600 14,300 13,900 13,800 13,700 13,600 14,100 13,700 13,400 13,100 12,800 12,212
Property 4,651 5,289 7,935 9,849 10,200 10,300 10,800 8,300 8,100 8,500 9,000 9,600 10,100 10,300 10,700 11,200 11,500 11,600 11,200 10,600 9,800 9,200 8,400
Drug   4,900 9,482 30,470 73,389 77,000 80,600 85,300 85,300 87,800 91,500 95,200 94,300 97,700 97,800 99,900 98,900 98,200 96,500 92,000 81,900 78,800 76,700 73,210
Public-order   2,040 2,514 8,585 31,855 35,500 37,400 41,200 44,100 48,200 50,700 53,700 56,400 61,200 63,500 67,400 68,800 69,200 69,100 67,500 65,900 64,300 63,600 63,691
Other/unspecified   1,308 2,554 442 1,263 800 900 900 1,000 1,200 1,300 1,200 1,300 1,200 1,100 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,400 1,400 900 700 600 594

• Violent Offense Categories: Homicide, Robbery, Other Violent
• Property Offense Categories: Burglary, Fraud, Other Property
• Public Order Offense Categories: Immigration, Weapons, Other Public Order

Source: 

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Bureau of Justice Statistics Prisoners Series