Marijuana Incarceration in California Jails
New Frontier Data, commissioned by Drug Policy Action, conducted an analysis of data provided by 20 California counties to determine the number of people in California jails for marijuana-related offenses. This research sought to answer the following questions:
- How many people in California are convicted and sentenced to jail each year specifically for marijuana-related offenses only (Marijuana Only)?
- How many people in California are convicted and sentenced to jail each year for multiple offenses, which include, but are not limited to, marijuana-related offenses (Marijuana Plus)?
- What are the demographics of the population jailed for marijuana-related offenses, including age, gender and ethnicity?
- What are the sentence lengths for persons in the Marijuana Only and Marijuana Plus categories?