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Massachusetts All Drugs Possession

Massachusetts Metropolitan Area Counties
1995 Drug Possession Arrests by Race

(Data Source: Uniform Crime Reports. See below for notes.)


ALL

BLACK

WHITE

AM. INDIAN

ASIAN-PAC.

METROPOLITAN AREA

JURISDICTION

TL

POP

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

All listed below.

All listed below.

15,254 4,901,380 311.22 3,359 308,081 1,090.30 11,808 4,420,252 267.13 12 11,006 109.03 75 161,749 46.37

Barnstable-Yarmouth, Ma.

Barnstable

319 136,289 234.06 45 2,480 1,814.18 269 131,887 203.96 5 927 539.51 0 995 0.00

Boston, Ma.-N.H.

Bristol

1,505 437,805 343.76 176 9,413 1,869.79 1,325 422,132 313.88 2 919 217.54 2 5,341 37.44

Boston, Ma.-N.H.

Essex

1,673 525,778 318.20 110 21,925 501.71 1,557 491,602 316.72 0 1,157 0.00 6 11,041 54.34

Boston, Ma.-N.H.

Middlesex

1,725 1,166,153 147.92 113 39,649 285.00 1,598 1,067,263 149.73 0 1,749 0.00 14 57,375 24.40

Boston, Ma.-N.H.

Norfolk

1,075 615,694 174.60 85 14,161 600.24 988 576,536 171.37 0 862 0.00 2 24,135 8.29

Boston, Ma.-N.H.

Plymouth

843 328,819 256.37 170 15,685 1,083.86 671 308,728 217.34 1 723 138.24 1 3,650 27.40

Boston, Ma.-N.H.

Suffolk

3,541 576,581 614.14 1,740 153,601 1,132.80 1,757 382,792 459.00 4 2,249 177.88 40 37,939 105.43

Boston, Ma.-N.H.

Worcester

1,795 624,209 287.56 158 16,854 937.48 1,628 592,125 274.94 0 1,436 0.00 9 13,733 65.54

Pittsfield, Ma.

Berkshire

160 80,221 199.45 25 1,693 1,476.96 135 77,630 173.90 0 160 0.00 0 738 0.00

Springfield, Ma.

Franklin

1 3,447 29.01 0 29 0.00 1 3,375 29.63 0 11 0.00 0 32 0.00

Springfield, Ma.

Hampden

2,432 335,090 725.78 734 31,130 2,357.86 1,698 299,302 567.32 0 670 0.00 0 3,954 0.00

Springfield, Ma.

Hampshire

185 71,294 259.49 3 1,462 205.26 181 66,881 270.63 0 143 0.00 1 2,816 35.51

 

Notes:

TL: Total arrests.

POP: Coverage population of reporting law enforcement agencies.

RATE: Arrest Rate per 100,000 population.

Original Source: Uniform Crime Reports, 1995.

Data are total for reporting agencies. Population estimates by race are based on application of U.S. Census percentages of total population to the coverage population in which the arrests occurred. The racial categories and labels are as defined and used in the Uniform Crime Reports. Unfortunately separate data on arrests of Hispanics are not available.

The Uniform Crime Reports provides data on all drug arrests as well as data of arrests for drug possession and sales. Four categories are used to provide more specific data on arrests for different types of controlled substances: 1) Opium and Cocaine and their derivatives (such as Crack, Morphine, Heroin); 2) Marijuana; 3) Synthetic Narcotics - Manufactured Narcotics which can cause true drug addiction (such as Demerol, Methadone); 4) Other Dangerous Non-Narcotic Drugs (such as Barbiturates, Benzedrine, and Methamphetamine).

Primary Source: Chilton, Rowland, and Dee Weber. UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING PROGRAM [UNITED STATES]: ARRESTS BY AGE, SEX, AND RACE FOR POLICE AGENCIES IN METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS, 1960-1995[Computer file]. ICPSR version. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts [producer], 1998.Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor],1999.

Citation: Gettman, Jon B. "US Marijuana Arrests. Part Two - Racial Differences in Drug Arrests". Washington, D.C.: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. (2000)