Tag Archives: Department of Justice

Suicide Leading Cause of Death in Local Jails and State Prisons

Fact: Over 4,300 people died in custody of local jails and state prisons in 2012.

Fact: 31% of deaths were attributed to suicide according to Department of Justice Figures.

Fact: Suicide was the leading cause of death.

Source: Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2012; Bureau of Justice Statistics


Alabama Prisons Face Chronic Issues

Fact: Alabama’s prisons have grown 840% since 1977. The state population has grown 23%.

Fact: In 1995, Alabama briefly re-introduced the chain gang for the first time in America in 30 years, before dropping the practice amid criticism and court challenges.

Fact: In 2002, the U.S. Justice Department ordered Alabama to stop chaining inmates to hitching posts, a widespread practice.

Fact: Alabama spends 1 of every 4 dollars in the state’s General Fund on prisons.

Source: Alabama’s Prison Problems, Al.com

United States of America (plaintiff) vs. $25,180.00 in United States Currency (defendant)

Fact: The above title was an actual court case last year.

Fact: There have been almost 62,000 cash seizures without search warrants or indictments since 2001, totaling $2.5 billion in revenues for federal, state, and local authorities.

Fact: In many cases, the owner is not even charged with a crime.

Fact: Half of all seizures were below $8,800.

Fact: Almost 300 departments and an additional 210 task forces have seized 20% or more of their annual budgets since 2008.

SourceStop and Seize, the Washington Post

No Criminal Charges for Drug Money Laundering By Banks

Fact: HSBC, the British banking giant, laundered billions of dollars for Mexican and Colombian drug cartels and violated several major banking laws.

Fact: The Justice Department declined to press criminal charges.

Fact: The bank settled with the Justice Department to a fine of $1.9 billion, just a bit more than a month of the bank’s income. The executives who laundered the money will have to defer part of their bonus compensation for five years.

Source: Rolling Stone, Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War Is A Joke