Estimated number of sentenced people in state prisons in the US, by offense, 1980, 1990, 1995, and 2000-2018

Estimated Number Of Sentenced People In State 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
TOTAL 295,819 451,812 684,544 1,206,400 1,208,700 1,237,500 1,256,400 1,274,600 1,296,700 1,331,100 1,353,600 1,365,400 1,365,800 1,362,028 1,341,804 1,314,900 1,325,305 1,316,409 1,298,159 1,288,466 1,273,674 1,249,700
OFFENSE TYPE
Violent 173,300 246,200 313,600 589,100 596,100 624,900 650,400 633,700 687,700 693,400 692,800 715,900 726,100 725,000 710,875 707,500 704,800 696,900 707,900 710,900 709,700 693,300
Property 89,300 140,100 173,700 238,500 233,000 253,000 262,000 265,600 248,900 258,200 265,300 263,400 261,900 249,500 245,351 247,100 255,600 249,900 234,000 226,100 214,100 199,700
Drug   19,000 38,900 148,600 251,100 246,100 265,000 250,900 249,400 253,300 264,300 273,600 255,700 242,900 237,000 225,242 210,200 208,000 206,300 197,200 190,100 183,900 176,300
Public-order   12,400 23,000 45,500 124,600 129,900 87,500 86,400 88,900 98,700 101,300 103,100 116,100 121,000 142,500 141,803 140,200 146,300 152,800 150,100 153,100 157,600 153,100
Other/unspecified   1,800 3,200 3,100 3,200 3,600 7,000 6,800 6,900 8,100 13,300 18,900 14,300 13,900 7,900 18,534 10,000 10,600 10,600 8,900 8,200 8,300 7,300

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

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Bureau of Justice Statistics Prisoners Series

Estimated number of sentenced prisoners under State jurisdiction, by offense, 2018