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Drug crimes and federal prison demographics

Florida residents may be interested in a report from the Urban Institute that describes the breakdown of the 2012 federal prison population according to drug-related crime categories. The largest group were in prison for cocaine-related offenses. Between 1980 and 2012, the population in federal prisons grew by nearly 800 percent. Most of those prisoners were incarcerated for crimes related to the so-called "War on Drugs".