Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Arrest Data Analysis Tool. (Graph: Peter Wagner & Bernadette Rabuy, 2016)
This graph originally appeared in Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016.
<p>Chart showing the number of arrests for drug possession and drug sales/manufacturing from 1980 to 2012. For the last 20 years, the number of arrests for drug sales have remained flat, while the number of arrests for possession have grown.</p> <p>There are more than 4 times as many arrests for drug possession as for drug sales.</p>