Who's in Prison, and For What?

Sidebar to the article Beyond the Prison Bubble by Joan Petersilia

 

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Drug offenders now account for about 20 percent of all state prison inmates, up from only 6 percent in 1980. The average prisoner serves 2.5 years. About 38 percent are African-American and 20 percent are Hispanic. About two-thirds lack a high school diploma or possess only a GED. Women are still a small minority (seven percent) of those behind bars but their numbers have grown rapidly.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Date Created: November 3, 2011