Monday, November 18, 2013

ACLU Report: 32,000+ Serving Life Sentences For Non-Violent Crimes

The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a report, "A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Non-Violent Offenses," along with a press release, on the thousands serving mandatory sentences of life without parole for non-violent offenses. The report's introduction states, "For 3,278 people, it was nonviolent offenses like stealing a $159 jacket or serving as a middleman in the sale of $10 of marijuana. An estimated 65% of them are Black. Many of them were struggling with mental illness, drug dependency or financial desperation when they committed their crimes. None of them will ever come home to their parents and children. And taxpayers are spending billions to keep them behind bars." The following ACLU video, "A Living Death," focuses on the human impact of extreme sentences for nonviolent crimes. Watch:


Michael J. Mand said...

Our system of justice, once touted as the example to which all others should aspire, is currently in need of repair due to our disastrous desire for revenge and adherence to a policy of "zero-tolerance".

BTW, do I sense racism and classism?

Jeff Tone said...

We have 5% of the world's population and 25% of its prisoners.

Yes, you sense correctly.