Thursday, March 24, 2011

U.S. Has a $1.7 Billion Legal Pot Industry; 70.6 Percent Drug Prisoner Recidivism

By David Downs
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

This from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics' handy new tool. For prisoners released after serving state prison time for drug possession or trafficking:

70.6% were arrested for new crime within 3 years of release.

45.8% were adjudicated (or brought to court) for a new crime within 2 years.

24.0% were convicted for a new crime within one year.

8.0% were reincarcerated (i.e. placed in jail or prison) following a conviction on a new crime within 6 months.

27.8% were convicted of a new crime and placed in prison within 3 years.

Also: The latest infographic on the medical marijuana industry. (click to zoom)

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