Taken from Sam Harris' The End of Faith.
The facts might be a little outdated after the election of President Barack Obama and the consequential review of mandatory minimum sentences, as well as, some reveiw of how states are allocating money after the recession.
Each year, over 1.5 million men and women are arrested in the United States because of drug laws.
Approximately 400,000 men and women are in the U.S. prisons for nonviolent drug offenses.
One million others are on probation.
More people are imprisoned for nonviolent drug offenses in the United States than all of Western Europe.
The cost of these efforts at the federal level is $20 billion annually.
Total cost, if you look at expense to state and local governments and tax revenue lost by failure to regulate drug trade, might be in excess of $100 billion each year.
About 50% of the trial time of courts are used for drug crimes.
The trade in illegal drugs is 8% of all international commerce.