Sunday, November 17, 2013

3,200 Americans are Serving Life for Minor Crimes like Shoplifting or Possession of a few Joints




A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls "extreme racial disparities." The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check.



Source: 

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/15/jailed_for_life_for_stealing_a

 

Get the ACLU report here:

https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/living-death-life-without-parole-nonviolent-offenses-0 

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