the incarceration offences in federal and state prisons differ greatly.

the incarceration offences in federal and state prisons differ greatly.

There are many reasons inmates are sent to prison. Below are some interesting facts about the criminal offences that result in incarcerations in American state and federal prisons.

  • In 2010, 17% of state prison inmates were incarcerated for drug offenses.
  • In 2010, 48% of federal prison inmates were incarcerated for drug offenses.
  • In 2011, 47% of state prison inmates were incarcerated for non-violent drug, property, or public order crimes.

In 2011, state prisoners were incarcerated for the following categories of criminal offenses:

  • Violent (53%)
  • Drug (16.8%)
  • Property (18.3%)
  • Public Order (10.6%)
  • Other (1.4%)

In 2011, federal prisoners were incarcerated for the following categories of criminal offenses:

  • Drug (48%)
  • Public Order (35%)
  • Violent (7.6%)
  • Property (5.4%)
  • Other (4%)

Data for this page is provided by the U.S. Department of JusticeBureau of Justice StatisticsThe Sentencing Project and The Council of State Governments.