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Washington All Drugs Possession

Washington 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.

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

Bellingham, Wa.

Whatcom

213 146,070 145.82 10 847 1,180.35 180 137,145 131.25 21 4,733 443.72 2 3,345 59.79

Bremerton, Wa.

Kitsap

162 178,496 90.76 3 5,069 59.18 155 160,486 96.58 4 3,142 127.33 0 9,782 0.00

Olympia, Wa.

Thurston

216 112,581 191.86 2 2,263 88.38 208 103,214 201.52 2 1,824 109.66 4 5,291 75.60

Portland-Vancouver, Or.-Wa.

Clark

807 286,259 281.91 19 4,094 464.15 774 270,772 285.85 9 2,891 311.29 5 8,502 58.81

Portland-Vancouver, Or.-Wa.

Cowlitz

4 3,052 131.06 0 11 0.00 4 2,934 136.32 0 54 0.00 0 53 0.00

Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, Wa.

Benton

525 125,492 418.35 19 1,406 1,351.82 503 119,832 419.75 1 1,067 93.75 2 3,187 62.75

Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, Wa.

Franklin

218 43,413 502.15 28 1,815 1,542.99 188 39,970 470.35 0 365 0.00 2 1,259 158.86

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wa.

Island

91 69,439 131.05 0 1,493 0.00 85 63,696 133.45 4 576 694.03 2 3,673 54.45

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wa.

King

1,040 354,999 292.96 126 19,915 632.67 881 296,353 297.28 11 4,260 258.22 22 34,470 63.82

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wa.

Snohomish

505 97,916 515.75 23 1,146 2,007.65 478 91,052 524.97 0 1,400 0.00 4 4,318 92.63

Spokane, Wa.

Spokane

2,114 397,739 531.50 330 6,284 5,251.20 1,735 376,102 461.31 40 6,364 628.55 9 8,989 100.12

Tacoma, Wa.

Pierce

2,430 619,103 392.50 624 48,290 1,292.19 1,707 523,452 326.10 62 9,225 672.11 37 38,137 97.02

Yakima, Wa.

Yakima

584 204,799 285.16 21 3,154 665.84 508 186,162 272.88 53 11,715 452.43 2 3,768 53.07

 

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)