Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are there for drug offenses, according to an infographic recently released by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (see chart below). That percentage has risen fairly consistently over decades, all the way from 16 percent in 1970.
The second-largest category, immigration-related crimes, accounts for 10.6 percent of inmates. This means that people convicted of two broad categories of nonviolent crimes — drugs and immigration — make up over 60 percent of the U.S. prison population.
Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the drug at similar rates, according to new federal data.
The Times story includes the following map which illustrates the disparities in marijuana arrests.
Please read the entire interactive ACLU report HERE.
This video does a good job of breaking down the exponential growth of the prison population and attributes the major part of the growth to the “War on Drugs.”
Also, the Wall Street Journal published a pretty good article about the War on Drugs. One key excerpt:
The total number of persons incarcerated in state and federal prisons in the U.S. has grown from 330,000 in 1980 to about 1.6 million today. Much of the increase in this population is directly due to the war on drugs and the severe punishment for persons convicted of drug trafficking. About 50% of the inmates in federal prisons and 20% of those in state prisons have been convicted of either selling or using drugs. The many minor drug traffickers and drug users who spend time in jail find fewer opportunities for legal employment after they get out of prison, and they develop better skills at criminal activities.
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday slammed the Delhi government for suggesting the shifting of juvenile homes to the Tihar Jail campus for security, a day after 44 minors escaped from a juvenile justice home. The division bench of Justice Ravindra Bhat and Justice R.V. Easwar pulled up the department for its suggestion to shift the juvenil […]
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. law enforcement agencies made an estimated 1.47 million arrests of persons younger than 18 years old in 2011, an 11 percent decrease since 2010, according to Juvenile Arrests 2011, a bulletin released today by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In 2011, arrests of juveniles for […]
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