Wednesday, November 27, 2013

JAILED FOR LIFE FOR STEALING $159 JACKET

FROM AMY GOODMAN'S DEMOCRACY NOW


Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket.   3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Crimes

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Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher with the American Civil Liberties Union. She wrote the ACLU’s new report, "A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses," and also authored "Island of Impunity: Puerto Rico’s Outlaw Police Force."
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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. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, "A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses."