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United States All Drugs Possession

Selected U.S. 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.

JURISDICTION

TL

POP

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

United States

797,903 177,587,659 449.30 279,419 23,200,960 1204.34 511,272 145,120,022 352.31 2,582 1,121,022 230.33 4,309 8,145,533 52.90

Alabama

410 125,562 326.53 209 40,481 516.29 201 83,210 241.56 0 565 0 0 1,306 0

Alaska

448 252,811 177.21 94 16,009 587.17 269 205,692 130.78 78 16,687 467.43 7 14,423 48.53

Arizona

14,333 3,464,943 413.66 1,404 130,924 1,072.38 12,586 3,169,814 397.06 282 90,747 310.76 61 73,447 83.05

Arkansas

4,399 1,105,575 397.89 1,721 193,033 891.56 2,667 893,356 298.54 4 7,149 55.95 7 12,061 58.04

California

197,369 30,136,964 654.91 33,821 2,314,324 1,461.38 161,403 24,012,290 672.17 598 264,906 225.74 1,547 3,545,654 43.63

Colorado

8,843 2,161,684 409.08 1,481 109,130 1,357.10 7,265 1,980,033 366.91 60 19,145 313.4 37 53,343 69.36

Connecticut

14,528 2,636,886 550.95 5,228 263,485 1,984.18 9,268 2,308,938 401.4 4 5,782 69.18 28 58,830 47.59

Delaware

640 232,553 275.21 406 44,426 913.88 233 182,777 127.48 0 951 0 1 4,386 22.8

District of Columbia

5,318 554,000 959.93 4,872 356,665 1,365.99 435 179,939 241.75 0 1,662 0 11 15,734 69.91

Florida

58,568 13,206,130 443.49 24,751 1,930,016 1,282.42 33,701 11,009,319 306.11 27 44,553 60.6 89 222,313 40.03

Georgia

19,680 4,247,973 463.28 12,853 1,308,839 982.02 6,770 2,837,126 238.62 11 9,789 112.37 46 92,267 49.86

Hawaii

1,717 880,266 195.05 118 33,098 356.52 432 278,428 155.16 2 4,313 46.37 1,165 564,427 206.4

Idaho

1,808 355,170 509.05 22 2,091 1,052.03 1,776 345,180 514.51 4 2,630 152.1 6 5,244 114.41

Illinois

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Indiana

7,232 3,141,307 230.22 3,144 417,904 752.33 4,074 2,682,867 151.85 3 7,676 39.08 11 32,898 33.44

Iowa

3,457 1,057,663 326.85 618 41,636 1,484.29 2,781 991,877 280.38 40 4,522 884.53 18 19,640 91.65

Kansas

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Kentucky

6,022 1,820,363 330.81 2,279 189,874 1,200.27 3,732 1,611,932 231.52 3 2,774 108.14 8 15,804 50.62

Louisiana

10,630 2,612,755 406.85 6,299 697,941 902.51 4,280 1,869,217 228.97 35 13,638 256.64 16 31,949 50.08

Maine

831 447,764 185.59 11 2,382 461.72 814 440,000 185 2 1,491 134.17 4 3,895 102.7

Maryland

24,651 4,654,456 529.62 14,675 1,272,140 1,153.57 9,881 3,191,554 309.6 19 14,275 133.1 76 176,483 43.06

Massachusetts

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

Michigan

16,139 5,899,980 273.54 4,995 763,676 654.07 11,120 5,007,766 222.06 13 28,829 45.09 11 99,719 11.03

Minnesota

7,234 2,913,037 248.33 2,315 104,590 2,213.40 4,684 2,698,514 173.58 136 30,024 452.97 99 79,912 123.89

Mississippi

4,022 667,505 602.54 2,416 214,384 1,126.95 1,600 444,259 360.15 1 1,190 84.06 5 7,674 65.16

Missouri

15,855 2,755,171 575.46 9,225 453,878 2,032.48 6,598 2,257,448 292.28 10 10,628 94.1 22 33,274 66.12

Montana

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Nebraska

4,265 830,091 513.8 1,551 61,082 2,539.23 2,647 748,479 353.65 49 5,670 864.2 18 14,873 121.02

Nevada

6,490 1,305,295 497.21 1,349 108,639 1,241.73 5,051 1,120,108 450.94 42 17,011 246.9 48 59,567 80.58

New Hampshire

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

New Jersey

37,436 7,605,154 492.25 15,247 1,119,779 1,361.61 22,016 6,095,902 361.16 21 18,933 110.92 152 370,413 41.04

New Mexico

599 584,180 102.54 75 17,912 418.71 485 524,662 92.44 37 30,886 119.8 2 10,721 18.66

New York

100,208 17,658,824 567.47 48,043 2,814,528 1,706.96 51,651 13,826,099 373.58 100 69,078 144.76 93 949,251 9.8

North Carolina

20,136 4,484,690 448.99 11,572 947,347 1,221.52 8,396 3,457,912 242.81 88 16,852 522.21 80 62,546 127.91

North Dakota

325 267,617 121.44 7 1,862 375.91 294 257,859 114.02 24 4,924 487.37 0 2,978 0

Ohio

22,680 5,729,507 395.85 13,720 814,260 1,684.97 8,933 4,831,840 184.88 3 11,516 26.05 24 72,007 33.33

Oklahoma

7,405 1,951,205 379.51 2,120 202,194 1,048.50 5,035 1,606,134 313.49 229 109,117 209.87 21 33,765 62.2

Oregon

10,853 2,142,028 506.67 1,400 52,949 2,644.07 9,276 1,989,738 466.19 111 23,616 470.02 66 75,783 87.09

Pennsylvania

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

Rhode Island

2,655 905,616 293.17 452 43,501 1,039.05 2,169 837,617 258.95 4 4,305 92.92 30 20,183 148.64

South Carolina

9,246 2,541,769 363.76 3,871 652,836 592.95 5,346 1,857,837 287.75 13 5,916 219.75 16 25,160 63.59

South Dakota

689 219,038 314.56 45 2,530 1,778.39 574 205,723 279.02 67 8,574 781.44 3 2,210 135.72

Tennessee

3,889 1,304,381 298.15 1,319 156,399 843.36 2,562 1,131,828 226.36 1 3,081 32.45 7 13,084 53.5

Texas

71,348 17,267,954 413.18 23,540 2,424,334 970.99 47,641 14,243,116 334.48 38 83,910 45.29 129 516,175 24.99

Utah

6,209 1,438,978 431.49 225 14,216 1,582.77 5,840 1,374,204 424.97 97 11,914 814.17 47 38,607 121.74

Vermont

66 54,249 121.66 0 460 0 66 52,909 124.74 0 133 0 0 747 0

Virginia

18,740 5,135,932 364.88 8,757 1,080,673 810.33 9,891 3,836,028 257.84 13 15,113 86.02 79 204,171 38.69

Washington

8,909 2,639,358 337.54 1,205 95,787 1,258.01 7,406 2,371,172 312.33 207 47,614 434.75 91 124,775 72.93

West Virginia

1,532 735,385 208.33 422 27,345 1,543.27 1,110 703,295 157.83 0 938 0 0 3,816 0

Wisconsin

10,963 3,461,455 316.72 3,120 274,067 1,138.41 7,728 3,103,382 249.02 83 22,940 361.82 32 61,070 52.4

Wyoming

544 143,115 380.11 44 2,911 1,511.76 499 137,557 362.76 1 1,177 84.96 0 1,470 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)