Chart showing the number of arrests for drug possession and drug sales/manufacturing from 1980 to 2014. For the last 20 years, the number of arrests for drug sales have remained flat, while the number of arrests for posession have grown.

Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Arrest Data Analysis Tool. (Graph: Peter Wagner & Bernadette Rabuy, 2017)

This graph originally appeared in Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017.

Chart showing the number of arrests for drug possession and drug sales/manufacturing from 1980 to 2014. For the last 20 years, the number of arrests for drug sales have remained flat, while the number of arrests for posession have grown.<p>There are more than 4 times as many arrests for drug possession as for drug sales.</p>

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