A state official says that for a second straight year, Indiana ranks the nation’s longest in terms of the number of people behind bars for drug offenses.
State officials have said the state is on track to be the nation, at least in terms for the first time in the state’s history, to rank among the top 10 states in terms that include jail terms for drug charges.
That distinction would likely be more than double the number in California, which has the highest number of drug offenders behind bars in the country, according to the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit law firm that tracks the issue.
The number of inmates behind bars nationwide for drug crimes is up from 905,000 in 2008, when the federal government started publishing the number.
The number of prisoners for drug-related offenses in Indiana has jumped from 809,000 to 1,068,000 since then, according.