Re: DSM: It's the $$$, stupid.


Alan Klein (Alan@klein.net)
Fri, 17 Nov 2000 18:30:38 -0500


Dawn,

While the statistics you quote don't back up Woty's claim that most people
are in jail for non-violent offenses, they do show a frightening trend.
Twenty years ago, one tenth as many people were incarcerated for drug
offenses as compared to those incarcerated for violent crimes. Now it is
almost one half. The rate of incarceration for "public order" offenses
(including "morals" charges) is similarly rising disproportionately to the
rates for violent and property crimes.

I find this scary. Thanks for the statistics. They were highly illuminating.

~Alan Klein

----- Original Message -----
From: Dawn F. Harkness <dawn@harkness.net>

> Woty wrote:
> >I thought that most people in prison were there for drug offenses and
other
> >consensual crimes. Does anyone have stats on this?
>
Dawn Wrote:
>
> Nope Woty, I believe you are mistaken according to the Bureau of Justice
> statistics which I have cut and pasted for your perusal. But even if you
> were correct in your belief that too many people are incarcerated for drug
> offenses, there remains a huge distinction between those folks and the
> citizenry who are incarcerated in traditional schools. That distinction
is
> that citizens between the ages of 6 and 16 have not even been accused of a
> crime let alone afforded due process before they are incarcerated.
>
> Bureau of Justice Statistics
>
> Number of persons in custody of State correctional authorities
> by most serious offense, 1980-98
>
> Violent Property Drug Public order
>
> 1980 173,300 89,300 19,000 12,400
> 1981 193,300 100,500 21,700 14,600
> 1982 215,300 114,400 25,300 17,800
> 1983 214,600 127,100 26,600 24,400
> 1984 227,300 133,100 31,700 21,900
> 1985 246,200 140,100 38,900 23,000
> 1986 258,600 150,200 45,400 28,800
> 1987 271,300 155,500 57,900 31,300
> 1988 282,700 161,600 79,100 35,000
> 1989 293,900 172,700 120,100 39,500
> 1990 313,600 173,700 148,600 45,500
> 1991 339,500 180,700 155,200 49,500
> 1992 369,100 181,600 168,100 56,300
> 1993 393,500 189,600 177,000 64,000
> 1994 425,700 207,000 193,500 74,400
> 1995 459,600 226,600 212,800 86,500
> 1996 484,800 231,700 216,900 96,000
> 1997 507,800 236,400 222,100 106,200
> 1998 545,200 242,900 236,800 113,900
>
>
> Source: Correctional Populations in the United States, 1996,
> and Prisoners in 1999
>
> Violent offenses include murder, negligent and non-negligent
> manslaughter, rape, sexual assault, robbery, assault, extortion,
> intimidation, criminal endangerment, and other violent offenses.
>
> Property offenses include burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft,
> fraud, possession and selling of stolen property, destruction
> of property, trespassing, vandalism, criminal tampering, and other
> property offenses.
>
> Drug offenses include possession, manufacturing, trafficking,
> and other drug offenses.
>
> Public-order offenses include weapons, drunk driving, escape/flight
> to avoid prosecution, court offenses, obstruction, commercialized
> vice, morals and decency charges, liquor law violations,
> and other public-order offenses.



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