Monday, July 22, 2019

By the Numbers....

Time to kill a myth.  Spotted on Facebook last weekend was the  mantra that the majority of inmates controlled by the prison system were convicted of marijuana crimes.   Weed was used as a means to keep blacks under control.  This argument has been spotted before but it continues to linger.  Time to put a knife the heart of this urban myth.


The Mississippi Department of Corrections published a cute little monthly report that contains all types of groovy information about its prisoners. Take a look at the MDOC prison population

Incarcerated Prisoners

Violent crimes: 49%
Sex offenses: 15%
Non-violent offenses: 16%
Drug offenses: 20%


Total population: 19,307

Black: 62%
White: 37%

The populations flip for men and women by race.
Black males: 64%, White males: 34%
Black females: 36%, White females: 63%


Probationers
 Violent crimes: 16%
Drug offenses: 38%
Non-violent offenses: 42%
Sex crimes: $4%

Total: 23,888
Black: 54%
White: 45%


Parole
Drug crimes: 48%
Non-violent: 36%
Sex crimes: 2%
Violent crimes: 14%

Total: 8,827
Black: 55%
White: 44%


Drug offenses include all drug convictions so marijuana convictions are a subset of this group.Their total population is

Probation: 9,106
Parole: 4,204
Incarcerated: 3,888
Total: 17,198. 

The total population is 51% when all three categories are combined.






23 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Disclaimer: These crimes and sentences are based on primary offense and current booking." How many folks currently booked for a violent crime, etc, are only in prison because of their drug charge?

I've seen enough Locked Up Raw to know that once you're in prison you're catching all types of new charges for all the violent/stupid crimes you're committing in jail.

Anonymous said...

This doesn't even account for all of the people locked up in local jails for drug charges.

Anonymous said...

How much of the "violent crime" is driven by the criminalization of the drug trade, forcing it into the black market where disputes are resolved with force? My guess is at least 50%. You would think we would have learned our lesson with alcohol prohibition.

Anonymous said...

3:58, so with your logic, just make everything legal and eliminate prisons. Having had two family members hooked on drugs and one ultimately killing himself, a society that screws with what God made (a brain)in search of some temporary pleasure is not sustainable.

Anonymous said...

The numbers can be twisted any way you like them depending on agenda. The numbers KF appear to show the current inmate population and would be affected by the time received for the different types of crimes.

A life sentence for a murder means that person may sit in prison while 1000 marijuana smokers are sent to prison and then released. I would be very interested to see the percentage of total arrests that were for marijuana and the percentage of total convictions resulting in jail time.

Anonymous said...

If one were to create a system to keep addicts in their addictive lifestyle, one would design it just like our current justice system in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

A lot of time could’ve been saved if the author had just not read Facebook and done something productive!

Anonymous said...

This was a myth perpetuated by the worst president in our republic's history - (n)obama.

Anonymous said...

Selective Analysis,most people are introduced to the criminal justice system because of drugs black and white.
Black folks usually go to jail on the first offense, that a fact.

Anonymous said...

Read the book "Cups Up" by a person who has been in the prison system. His perspective is much better than ours.

Anonymous said...

"criminal justice reform" is the biggest piece of commie globalist Marxist crap I've ever heard in my life. The Koch brothers and Soros are both in on it. Don't let these savages out in our communities. STRENGTHEN CRIMINAL PENALTIES.

Cynical Sam said...

"Criminal justice 'reform'" is just another distraction from our republic's real issues, starting with the national debt and serial deficit spending.

Anonymous said...

Prison is a bad place. It may scare one straight (not likely) or, more likely, harden one to commit even more and more violent crimes. We shouldn't be turning dope smokers into hardened gangsters. I am not interested in my tax dollars helping people who make a mistake make the next "most wanted " list.

Anonymous said...

Some time ago, my dad got acquitted for second degree murder but was convicted with manufacturering meth and got a MUCH harsher penalty for the meth. 10 years more. Pretty much took a plea deal for the murder charge and being labeled a violent felon instead of spending 10 more years being institutionalized.

Top it off with a letter, notarized, from the local DA apologizing 20 years after the fact saying they had fucked up.

Served his time and got his college degree in prison but it doesn’t matter because our country is so ass backwards. Top to bottom.

Better off to put a body in the ground than to get caught with “drugs”.

‘MERICA!!

Anonymous said...

The thread started with a myth, followed by thirteen posts, most of which perpetuated additional myths. The myths here are flying too close to the flame.

Anonymous said...

@8:36. Careful, you might just walk off the side of the flat Earth.

Anonymous said...

The legalize weed crowd will stop at nothing to push their agenda. I am not against it, but some of those people think weed is the cure all for everything.

Anonymous said...

Bet you want post a story about the staffer who got arrested leaving the Red Roof Inn in jackson last week.

Anonymous said...

San Francisco has effectively legalized drugs by discouraging arrest of those using heroin and other opioids. All one must do is look at the outworking of open drug use in San Francisco to see how drug legalization would impact society.

Drug needles litter the sidewalks in parts of the city. Open urination and defecation is common as the homeless population has exploded. Tent cities, havens for drug distribution and prostitution (among other things) are all over the city. Parts of it look like the worst of Calcutta's slums.

Open drug legalization is the wet dream of the libertarian and the hope of the pothead, but the reality is desperately awful.

Anonymous said...

Some of y’all need some drugs to chill out.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a lot of energy on the left around the idea that most American prisons are privately-owned and that most prisoners are recreational pot users. Neither of these things is true, but these ideas seem to be very resistant to facts.

Anonymous said...

5:37 must’ve drank before he posted.

The lying, self-righteous should learn to spell. This site oozes ignorance.

Mississippi is happy being shitty for a reason and everyone plays the blame game instead of taking responsibility.

Capt Secretion said...

The lying, self-righteous should learn to spell. This site oozes ignorance.

AND yet you read that which you condemn and self-righteously comment yourself.

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