Drug Possession Convictions Sentenced to Prison
Measures the percentage of 2012-2013 drug possession cases that received a prison sentence involving defendants who had no convictions in that state in the prior three years.[1][2][3]
All Cases
In Buchanan County, MO, 49.45% of drug possession cases filed in 2012-2013, that resulted in conviction and involved defendants with no convictions in the state in the previous three years, were sentenced to prison.
Drug Possession Convictions Sentenced to Prison
Drug possession convictions
Sentenced to prison
Missing / unknown the most severe sentence
Missing / unknown inclusion criteria[6]
Poverty Indicators

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Suggested Citation:

Measures for Justice (2020).Measures for Justice Data Portal.(Data Release: 2.3.10).Retrieved from https://www.measuresforjustice.org on 7/9/2020.

Data Release:

Release Date: 3/15/2020Version: 2.3.10 (release history)


  1. Pretrial diversion, pretrial release, and sentencing decisions take into account all the prior convictions in a defendant's criminal history. However, due to the difficulty of collecting data on prior records across all states, "prior convictions" in this measure refer only to those recorded in the court data, within the same state, and in the prior three years.

  2. Includes split sentences (also referred to as bifurcated sentences or extended supervision).

  3. Drug possession is defined as simple possession and it excludes possession with intent to sell or distribute.

  4. Missouri's public access laws allow criminal justice agencies to share data only on convicted cases with the public. Therefore, MFJ's data portal only shows measures that apply to convictions in this state.

  5. Disclaimers by the Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA):

    1. Raw data submitted to MFJ were provided by the clerks of court via the Judicial Information System (JIS) and extracted by the Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA) from the 46 independent JIS databases.

    2. JIS databases are dynamic. Therefore, data submitted to MFJ are representative of the all data as of the date of extraction, but may have been amended by the clerks of court at a later date.

    3. Raw data included felony and misdemeanor charges (including criminal traffic offenses), and excluded violations of federal laws, violations of county and municipal ordinances, noncriminal traffic offenses, and cases involving juveniles (except for those that are ultimately waived or transferred to adult criminal court).

    4. OSCA compiled the requested information based on data provided by the clerks of courts who are the data custodian(s). These data are not designed for information requested for research or analysis for entities outside of the court system.

    5. Any conclusions or analysis that will derive from the raw dataset are solely those of the individual author(s) or the person(s) who did the analysis and not of OSCA.

    6. The SES Measure was calculated using cases from the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA) that were matched to sentences from the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC). A case with a suspended execution of sentence (SES) is not counted as a prison sentence. The SES indicator from the DOC data can include a suspension after the initial sentencing.

  6. Percentage of cases that had missing/unknown data on any of the factors needed for inclusion in the measure.