Tag Archives: nonviolent

250,000 Youth Tried in Adult Criminal Justice System Annually

Fact: Approximately 250,000 youths are tried in the adult criminal justice system annually.

Fact: On any given night, approximately 60,000 youth are incarcerated in a correctional facility or out-of-home placement.

Fact: Approximately 10,000 are incarcerated in an adult jail or prison.

Fact: The overwhelming majority are accused of minor and nonviolent offenses.

Source: Juvenile Justice, Public Welfare  Foundation


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

Nearly Quarter of a Million Deportations Since 2008 for Non-Violent Drug Offenses

Fact: In 2013, approximately 6,600 people were deported from the United States for personal marijuana possession.

Fact: Approximately 40,000 people per year have been deported since 2008 for non-violent drug offenses. 

Source: The Drug Control and Immigration Nexus in the US and UK, Global Drug Policy Observatory

15,000 Children in Jail Without a Crime

Fact: There are almost 15,000 children behind bars whose most serious offense was not a crime.

Fact: Of these youth, 12,000 are incarcerated for violating technical terms of parole or probation (rather than a new offense) and 3,000 are incarcerated for, according to the Department of Justice, “behaviors that are not law violations for adults, such as running away, truancy, and incorrigibility.”

SourceMass Incarceration: The Whole Pie, Prison Policy Initiative

Arrests in the Nation’s Capital, Part 4

Fact: In Washington, D.C., the adult population is approximately 42% white and 47.6% African American – nearly equal.

Fact: The only category where whites made up a majority of arrests was in the “failure to disobey a lawful order” category of traffic arrests.

Fact: This category represents almost half of all white arrests per year, but only approximately 5% of total arrests in the District of Columbia annually.

Fact: The address for these arrests is commonly 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (the White House).

Fact: In other words, nearly half of the total annual arrests of white people in Washington, D.C. occur during protests, when white people *want* to get arrested.

SourceRacial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs