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In 2013, drug offenders were 16% of state prison population, violent felons 54%, and property offenders 19%, according to Heather Mac Donald in her book, The War on Cops. She further stated that federal prison drug traffickers were about 50% of the prison population as of 2014 and that federal prisons hold about 13% of America's total prison population. Furthermore, she stated there is less than 1% sentence for first-time drug offenders for simple drug possession in federal courts. Mac Donald stated that of the 562,000 black prisoners in state and federal prison in 2006, 4,495 were tried federally on drug charges. Methamphetamine (Meth) charges in 2006, of the 5391 charges, 54% were Whites, 39% Hispanics, and 2% were Blacks. Meth traffickers and crack carries identical penalties. Additionally, Mac Donald stated that as of 2013, Hispanics are 48% of drug offenders, Blacks 27%, and Whites 22 percent in federal courts. In state prisons, 3.6% of the population was for drug possession due to plea bargains and 12% convicted for trafficking. Drug possession did not drive the prison population from 1970 to present according to Mac Donald, between 1980 to 2009 drug offenses made up 21% of state prison growth.
Joe Biden campaigning on being tough on crime in the 2020 presidential election can be looked at through different lenses. Was it sincere, virtue signaling, misguided or was it a calculation for future presidential aspiration as his first presidential campaign was a disaster? And he needed his name attached to something he could use later to sell himself as he did in his 2008 Presidential campaign calling the 1994 Crime Bill, "Biden Crime Bill." Did the "Biden Crime Bill" cause mass incarceration of Black men? Many people are now hammering VP Joe Biden for his Biden Crime Bill saying that it led to the mass incarceration of many blacks, especially on drug charges, including Roger Stone.
Just a side note, most drug convictions are for trafficking and people with long rap sheets. Joe Biden is a typical politician who has sometimes defended the bill but lately has been ducking and hiding to avoid scrutiny. Instead of admitting that America has a crime problem that has been wreaking havoc in the Black community he has been out shaming Blacks to get their support, "You ain’t black if you have trouble deciding between Trump and me." Biden said in a recent Breakfast Club interview.
In 2017, there were 1,248,900 prisoners in federal and state prisons of which Blacks made up 38%, Whites 34%, and Hispanics 27%. Most of the charges against Blacks were for violence and property damages with only a small percentage due to drug trafficking charges.