• about 14 million white people and 2.6 million black people report using an illicit drug.
• 5 times as many white people are using drugs as black people, yet black people are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of white people.
• black people represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.
• black people serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as white people do for a violent offense (61.7 months).
source: sentencing project