by Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress in [Washington, D.C.] .
Written in English
|Statement||Tangela G. Roe|
|Series||Major studies and issue briefs of the Congressional Research Service -- 1992, reel 10, fr. 00005|
|Contributions||Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service|
|The Physical Object|
This site summarizes U.S. statistics about drug-related crimes, law enforcement, courts, and corrections from Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and non-BJS sources (See Drug data produced by BJS below). It updates the information published in Drugs and Crime Facts, , (NCJ ) and will be revised as new information becomes available. African Americans and whites use drugs at similar rates, but the imprisonment rate of African Americans for drug charges is almost 6 times that of whites. African Americans represent % of illicit drug users, but 29% of those arrested for drug offenses and 33% of those incarcerated in state facilities for drug offenses. ILLEGAL DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND VIOLENT CRIME. While the association of alcohol, drug use, and violent crime enjoys a long research history, it is only in recent years that direct measures of this relationship (e.g., physical drug tests and officially known Cited by: Black and white Americans sell and use drugs at similar rates, but black Americans are times as likely to be arrested for drug-related offenses. The disparate criminal justice experience of black Americans has played an important role in reform discussions.
Drug Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH Overview of Drug Use and Drug-Related Problems Table 19 Percentage of African American and white 12th graders who reported recently using or not using cigarettes and other selected substances. From police to parole, black and white Americans differ widely in their views of criminal justice system Attitudes vary considerably by race on issues including crime, policing, the death penalty, parole decisions and voting : Amina Dunn. * A growing share of African Americans have been arrested for drug crimes, yet African Americans are no more likely than whites to sell or use drugs. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among youths aged 12 to 17, the rate of current illicit drug use was % among whites, and % among African Americans. In a previous year, the same survey found that white youth aged 12 to17 are more than a third more likely to have sold drugs than African American : Van Jones.
drug offenses are Black or Latino. 18 Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Justice Statistics Widely adopted in the s and ‘90s, mandatory minimum sentencing laws have contributed greatly to the number of people of color behind bars Research shows that prosecutors are twice as . If the real goal of the War on Drugs was to target, convict and incarcerate subversive anti-war “hippies” and black Americans, as Ehrlichman describes it, . surge is non-violent drug-related arrests. The “War on Drugs” has contributed to a sense in many poor black communities of unfair and systematic persecution by the criminal justice system. One of the most prominent themes in the qualitative inter-view data Clear reports is the sense of frustration that police do not respond to real. While blacks make up 13 percent of the U.S. population and 14 percent of monthly drug users, they comprise 34 percent of individuals arrested for drug offenses and more than half (53 percent) of individuals imprisoned for drug-related offenses, according to the American Bar Association. In other words, black drug users are four times more Author: Nadra Kareem Nittle.