Fact: In 2008, the school district of Philadelphia employed 450 full-time law enforcement personnel.
Fact: Several other U.S. public school systems employed over one hundred full-time law enforcement personnel, including Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Palm Beach, Las Vegas, and Baltimore school districts.
Source: “Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008,” Bureau of Justice Statistics
Fact: In 2010, states spent nearly a $500 million incarcerating people for marijuana possession,
Fact: In 2010, states spent $1.4 billion in adjucating cases for marijuana possession
Fact: In 2010, states spent $3.6 billion enforcing laws for marijuana possession.
Source: The Uncovery, ACLU
Fact: Federal prison costs are expected to rise to 30% of the Department of Justice’s budget within the next 5-7 years.
Source: Wonk Book: 11 Facts about America’s Prison Population
Fact: There are at least 175 inmates serving life without parole (LWOP) for nonviolent crimes in Louisiana. This includes:
- Vincent Cushinello, who is serving LWOP for slashing tires in 2001;
- Anthony Kelly, sentenced to LWOP for possession of 32 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute in 1999, at age 25;
- Fate Vincent Winslow, sentenced to LWOP for acting as a go-between in the sale of two small bags of marijuana, worth $10 in total, to an undercover police officer when he was homeless.
Fact: The 175 inmates will cost the taxpayers of Louisiana nearly $100 million over the span of their incarceration.
Source: Three Recommendations for Sentencing Reform in Louisiana; Reason Foundation
Facts: “We live in a country today where we face serious criminal justice problems. We have 12 million arrests every single year. The vast majority of those arrests are for low-level crimes, like misdemeanors, 70 to 80 percent. Less than five percent of all arrests are for violent crime. Yet we spend 75 billion, that’s b for billion, dollars a year on state and local corrections costs. Right now, today, we have 2.3 million people in our jails and prisons. And we face unbelievable public safety challenges because we have a situation in which two thirds of the people in our jails are there waiting for trial. They haven’t yet been convicted of a crime. They’re just waiting for their day in court. And 67 percent of people come back. Our recidivism rate is amongst the highest in the world. Almost seven in 10 people who are released from prison will be rearrested in a constant cycle of crime and incarceration.”
Source: Anne Milgram, Arnold Foundation, TED talk