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Pennsylvania All Drugs Possession

Pennsylvania 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.

13,328 8,949,940 148.92 5,019 1,076,342 466.30 8,278 7,704,833 107.44 10 12,872 77.69 21 155,729 13.48

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.

Carbon

38 48,925 77.67 5 117 4,258.22 33 48,573 67.94 0 39 0.00 0 196 0.00

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.

Lehigh

525 278,675 188.39 96 7,942 1,208.73 429 265,772 161.42 0 418 0.00 0 4,542 0.00

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.

Northampton

337 198,115 170.10 32 4,933 648.68 303 190,230 159.28 0 178 0.00 2 2,774 72.11

Altoona, Pa.

Blair

60 110,117 54.49 11 1,024 1,074.13 49 108,564 45.13 0 110 0.00 0 407 0.00

Erie, Pa.

Erie

165 279,189 59.10 9 16,556 54.36 155 260,288 59.55 1 475 210.69 0 1,843 0.00

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pa.

Cumberland

168 203,026 82.75 11 3,979 276.43 157 195,392 80.35 0 305 0.00 0 3,350 0.00

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pa.

Dauphin

259 187,263 138.31 53 31,067 170.60 206 153,031 134.61 0 318 0.00 0 2,865 0.00

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pa.

Lebanon

76 100,178 75.86 4 761 525.38 72 98,275 73.26 0 90 0.00 0 1,052 0.00

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pa.

Perry

14 38,999 35.90 0 94 0.00 14 38,777 36.10 0 47 0.00 0 82 0.00

Johnstown, Pa.

Cambria

132 92,031 143.43 40 2,494 1,603.82 92 89,178 103.16 0 74 0.00 0 285 0.00

Johnstown, Pa.

Somerset

30 69,880 42.93 2 133 1,506.34 28 69,538 40.27 0 42 0.00 0 168 0.00

Lancaster, Pa.

Lancaster

742 405,563 182.96 155 11,924 1,299.95 586 387,272 151.31 1 568 176.12 0 5,800 0.00

Newburgh, N.Y.-Pa.

Pike

48 32,509 147.65 1 348 287.48 47 31,901 147.33 0 59 0.00 0 202 0.00

Philadelphia, Pa.-N.J.

Bucks

542 470,133 115.29 65 14,668 443.14 475 445,451 106.63 0 517 0.00 2 9,497 21.06

Philadelphia, Pa.-N.J.

Chester

388 359,374 107.97 152 25,264 601.65 236 328,612 71.82 0 539 0.00 0 4,995 0.00

Philadelphia, Pa.-N.J.

Delaware

1,117 522,319 213.85 395 64,245 614.83 716 445,172 160.84 2 627 319.09 4 12,274 32.59

Philadelphia, Pa.-N.J.

Montgomery

650 636,394 102.14 221 39,775 555.63 423 576,446 73.38 0 827 0.00 6 19,346 31.01

Philadelphia, Pa.-N.J.

Philadelphia

3,509 1,526,779 229.83 2,124 648,728 327.41 1,382 821,102 168.31 0 3,817 0.00 3 52,979 5.66

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Allegheny

2,182 1,105,620 197.36 1,129 135,991 830.20 1,053 953,818 110.40 0 1,327 0.00 0 14,373 0.00

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Beaver

195 133,999 145.52 91 8,375 1,086.58 104 125,101 83.13 0 161 0.00 0 362 0.00

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Butler

105 151,416 69.35 1 878 113.87 104 149,705 69.47 0 121 0.00 0 712 0.00

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Fayette

59 106,269 55.52 16 4,187 382.14 41 101,763 40.29 2 117 1,710.92 0 213 0.00

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Lawrence

3 9,006 33.31 0 303 0.00 3 8,664 34.63 0 6 0.00 0 33 0.00

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Washington

108 146,798 73.57 12 5,402 222.13 96 140,735 68.21 0 147 0.00 0 499 0.00

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Westmoreland

381 345,947 110.13 74 7,403 999.56 307 336,399 91.26 0 277 0.00 0 1,903 0.00

Reading, Pa.

Berks

347 307,233 112.94 61 10,784 565.66 286 292,363 97.82 0 369 0.00 0 3,748 0.00

Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton, Pa.

Columbia

33 37,651 87.65 4 184 2,168.14 28 37,263 75.14 1 26 3,794.25 0 177 0.00

Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton, Pa.

Lackawanna

59 63,172 93.40 2 505 395.74 57 62,104 91.78 0 51 0.00 0 512 0.00

Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton, Pa.

Luzerne

183 277,741 65.89 23 3,527 652.05 159 272,381 58.37 1 222 450.06 0 1,611 0.00

Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton, Pa.

Wyoming

22 25,822 85.20 0 173 0.00 22 25,520 86.21 0 23 0.00 0 108 0.00

Sharon, Pa.

Mercer

161 110,334 145.92 41 5,925 691.99 120 103,824 115.58 0 110 0.00 0 474 0.00

State College, Pa.

Centre

153 126,925 120.54 4 3,224 124.07 146 118,421 123.29 0 190 0.00 3 5,077 59.09

Williamsport, Pa.

Lycoming

204 112,095 181.99 85 2,937 2,894.22 117 108,351 107.98 2 213 939.05 0 594 0.00

York, Pa.

York

333 330,443 100.77 100 12,491 800.59 232 314,846 73.69 0 463 0.00 1 2,677 37.36

 

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)