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United States All Drugs Arrests

Selected U.S. Metropolitan Area Counties
1995 Drug Sales Arrests by Race

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


 

ALL

BLACK

WHITE

AM. INDIAN

ASIAN-PAC.

JURISDICTION

TL

POP

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

United States

270,321 166,337,579 162.51 136,702 22,598,561 604.91 131,863 134,764,073 97.85 532 1,073,272 49.57 1,077 7,901,713 13.63

Alabama

11 125,562 8.76 6 40,481 14.82 5 83,210 6.01 0 565 0 0 1,306 0

Alaska

213 252,811 84.25 77 16,009 480.98 119 205,692 57.85 16 16,687 95.88 1 14,423 6.93

Arizona

4,576 3,373,310 135.65 420 127,413 329.64 4,091 3,086,317 132.55 56 87,888 63.72 9 71,680 12.56

Arkansas

1,643 1,074,849 152.86 836 186,413 448.47 801 869,790 92.09 4 7,007 57.09 2 11,663 17.15

California

51,997 30,049,430 173.04 12,327 2,308,174 534.06 39,248 23,942,056 163.93 100 264,277 37.84 322 3,535,135 9.11

Colorado

960 2,255,529 42.56 172 113,587 151.43 784 2,067,219 37.93 3 19,355 15.5 1 55,331 1.81

Connecticut

3,939 2,213,312 177.97 1,943 223,442 869.58 1,989 1,935,638 102.76 0 4,669 0 7 49,689 14.09

Delaware

245 224,136 109.31 191 42,861 445.63 54 176,121 30.66 0 927 0 0 4,216 0

District of Columbia

805 554,000 145.31 778 356,665 218.13 27 179,939 15.01 0 1,662 0 0 15,734 0

Florida

16,465 12,668,537 129.97 10,092 1,862,015 541.99 6,345 10,550,503 60.14 5 42,706 11.71 23 213,381 10.78

Georgia

6,609 4,193,818 157.59 4,148 1,295,200 320.26 2,432 2,796,832 86.96 6 9,669 62.06 23 92,166 24.95

Hawaii

406 880,266 46.12 37 33,098 111.79 89 278,428 31.97 0 4,313 0 280 564,427 49.61

Idaho

82 288,098 28.46 4 1,809 221.06 78 279,872 27.87 0 2,053 0 0 4,339 0

Illinois

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Indiana

2,200 2,673,847 82.28 1,536 369,690 415.48 662 2,267,824 29.19 0 6,605 0 2 29,765 6.72

Iowa

645 736,591 87.57 149 31,172 477.99 492 685,490 71.77 1 3,483 28.71 3 16,451 18.24

Kansas

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Kentucky

3,617 1,660,808 217.79 2,317 186,190 1,244.43 1,298 1,456,866 89.1 0 2,569 0 2 15,196 13.16

Louisiana

3,452 2,444,726 141.2 2,449 652,333 375.42 987 1,748,459 56.45 9 13,296 67.69 7 30,625 22.86

Maine

256 357,410 71.63 27 1,967 1,372.76 228 351,176 64.92 1 1,133 88.3 0 3,139 0

Maryland

16,784 4,602,346 364.68 14,044 1,256,321 1,117.87 2,714 3,156,876 85.97 6 14,085 42.6 20 175,060 11.42

Massachusetts

8,232 4,140,607 198.81 3,209 282,479 1,136.01 4,920 3,711,749 132.55 1 9,523 10.5 102 136,626 74.66

Michigan

13,768 6,138,603 224.29 10,572 1,058,375 998.89 3,188 4,948,851 64.42 3 28,787 10.42 5 102,709 4.87

Minnesota

3,797 2,833,735 133.99 521 101,603 512.78 3,183 2,626,178 121.2 50 29,289 170.71 43 76,669 56.09

Mississippi

516 593,185 86.99 353 196,945 179.24 162 388,497 41.7 1 1,009 99.06 0 6,733 0

Missouri

2,103 2,505,644 83.93 1,329 434,397 305.94 769 2,031,769 37.85 3 9,144 32.81 2 30,395 6.58

Montana

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Nebraska

517 761,803 67.87 278 57,259 485.51 236 686,231 34.39 2 5,231 38.23 1 13,089 7.64

Nevada

1,963 1,302,150 150.75 581 108,317 536.39 1,359 1,117,458 121.62 6 16,980 35.34 17 59,425 28.61

New Hampshire

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

New Jersey

15,869 6,589,517 240.82 10,928 1,008,682 1,083.39 4,912 5,245,328 93.65 4 16,800 23.81 25 318,600 7.85

New Mexico

1,375 588,603 233.6 295 17,975 1,641.18 1,052 528,877 198.91 25 30,997 80.65 3 10,754 27.9

New York

50,486 16,566,811 304.74 26,138 2,721,522 960.42 24,157 12,853,913 187.93 39 64,724 60.26 5 926,762 0.54

North Carolina

5,792 4,464,297 129.74 4,260 970,478 438.96 1,483 3,407,679 43.52 26 19,571 132.85 23 66,543 34.56

North Dakota

65 190,998 34.03 3 755 397.5 60 184,802 32.47 2 3,552 56.31 0 1,891 0

Ohio

5,961 5,207,454 114.47 3,920 762,063 514.39 2,026 4,367,315 46.39 1 10,627 9.41 14 67,546 20.73

Oklahoma

1,392 1,910,000 72.88 411 199,577 205.94 932 1,571,228 59.32 46 106,073 43.37 3 33,127 9.06

Oregon

470 1,420,771 33.08 79 48,099 164.24 383 1,298,441 29.5 7 15,911 43.99 1 58,387 1.71

Pennsylvania

13,917 7,382,075 188.52 7,814 993,035 786.88 6,087 6,242,200 97.51 1 11,059 9.04 15 135,624 11.06

Rhode Island

1,021 814,489 125.35 307 40,405 759.81 692 751,743 92.05 0 3,833 0 22 18,499 118.92

South Carolina

4,796 2,500,248 191.82 3,280 645,491 508.14 1,512 1,824,084 82.89 2 5,833 34.29 2 24,820 8.06

South Dakota

78 219,038 35.61 7 2,530 276.64 58 205,723 28.19 10 8,574 116.63 3 2,210 135.72

Tennessee

1,234 1,202,757 102.6 751 149,331 502.91 480 1,038,117 46.24 2 2,864 69.84 1 12,453 8.03

Texas

9,124 15,712,337 58.07 3,935 2,235,339 176.04 5,168 12,919,348 40 3 77,275 3.88 18 479,999 3.75

Utah

1,307 1,296,558 100.81 47 12,808 366.97 1,240 1,238,261 100.14 13 10,723 121.24 7 34,733 20.15

Vermont

9 14,514 62.01 0 110 0 9 14,215 63.31 0 42 0 0 147 0

Virginia

4,940 5,035,829 98.1 3,464 1,068,870 324.08 1,448 3,749,528 38.62 1 14,907 6.71 27 202,579 13.33

Washington

2,239 2,370,881 94.44 371 90,270 410.99 1,816 2,121,182 85.61 27 43,265 62.41 25 116,151 21.52

West Virginia

399 647,998 61.57 123 25,695 478.69 276 618,011 44.66 0 853 0 0 3,448 0

Wisconsin

3,945 3,156,782 124.97 2,162 258,446 836.54 1,723 2,819,996 61.1 49 21,721 225.59 11 56,622 19.43

Wyoming

101 140,509 71.88 11 2,865 383.94 89 135,041 65.91 1 1,156 86.49 0 1,446 0

 

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)