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Federal Prisons Bursting With Drug Criminals
Updated July 13, 2017 9:06 AM
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(UNDATED) - Research from the U.S. Sentencing Commission suggests that the for-profit prison industry is making a killing off of drug law offenders.

Although the research was confined to inmates in the federal prison system, the findings may be relatable to state prisons which are administered by state agencies or for-profit companies.

In the federal system, the illegal drug trade accounts for 48 percent of offenses that lead to prison and most of the drug offenders are young, minority men.

Men make up 93 percent of the federal prison population, 35 percent are Hispanic, 34.5 percent are black, and 27 percent are white.

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