Marijuana Incarceration in California Jails
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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?