A majority (57 percent) of inmates being housed in New Jersey correctional institutions are there due to violent offenses, but the next-largest cohort is those convicted of drug offenses — 17 percent. In all, about 8,100 inmates in the state’s prisons, county jails, halfway houses and youth correctional facilities have been incarcerated due to drugs.
Almost all of them have been found guilty of drug sale and distribution, rather than mere possession, according to the state Department of Corrections.
In youth correctional facilities, 14 percent have been incarcerated due to drug offenses, and in the women’s prison, 18 percent are there due to drug convictions. Thirty-eight percent of those in halfway houses, county jails, or the Central Medical Unit of St. Francis Hospital are there due to drug offenses.