non violent crime


This is exactly what Coretta Scott King warned congress about in 1986.

Jeff Sessions will fear-monger and stoke anti-Blackness by using everything from casual racism to deeply racist stereotypes, to justify the mass incarceration of Black people for non-violent, victimless “crimes” like marijuana usage.

The Trump Administration is in full White Supremacy mode.

There is a lot of conversation about ending mass incarceration, but almost all of it is focused on changing how we respond to non-violent and low-level crimes. The problem is that more than half of people in state prison are incarcerated for violent crimes, so we will only end mass incarceration if we deal with the question of violence.  

This Issue Time conversation will deal with the question of violence, and will discuss whether mass incarceration actually makes us safer and what else could make us safe instead.


Danielle Sered envisioned, launched, and directs Common Justice. She leads the project’s efforts, locally rooted in Brooklyn but national in scope, to develop and advance practical and groundbreaking solutions to violence that advance racial equity, meet the needs of those harmed, and do not rely on incarceration.

Fatimah Loren Muhammad is the Director of Equal Justice USA’s Trauma Advocacy Initiative, which, in its pilot stage hosts weekly, half-day collaborative workshops bringing over 250 members of the Newark Police Department together with African American community leaders and public health practitioners to discuss issues of race, trauma, violence, policing, and mass incarceration. She is a Senior Fellow at Humanity in Action and a recipient the Leeway Foundation 2010 Social Transformation Award. 

Ryan King is a senior fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he works on sentencing and corrections issues with a focus on mass incarceration. His objective is to produce high-quality empirical research on the impact of sentencing and corrections policies at the state and federal level; and to work with policymakers, practitioners, and community advocates to identify strategies that assist in the pursuit of a fair, effective, and rational criminal justice system.

Glenn E. Martin, is the President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), an organization dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030.

Our panelists will begin answering your questions on Monday April 17th.

anonymous asked:

I think the higher incarceration rate may be because now we have more ways to track down criminals (cameras fingerprints) not because police are just throwing people into jail.

Noooope. But lets do some math to be sure. All the statistics I will be using are from here, here, and here.

We’ll look at race first. The united states has 693 people in prison per 100,000. However if we quickly glance at the Incarceration in the United States page, we can see the incarceration rate broken down by race. While white people are incarcerated at a rate of  450 per 100,000, Hispanic people are incarcerated at almost double the rate ( 831 per 100,000) and black people at an astoundingly high rate of  2,306 per 100,000. So lets consider a hypothetical prison system that doesn’t  discriminate by race, we assume that the default incarceration rate for everyone is an equal 450 per 100,000. By doing that alone the United States falls from first place to 11th.

We can also look at the breakdown by crime committed. Around 22% of prisoners are in state and federal prison for non-violent drug related crimes. 22% of 450 is 99. So if drug usage was legalized, this further reduces the rate of incarceration to 351. The united states would then be in 24th place.

Even with these reductions, the incarceration rate is more than triple that of other equally developed countries, like France, the Uk, and Germany. Its more than 5 times that of Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark. All of these countries have comparable law enforcement technology to the united states.

These are just some quick estimates that take into account some readily available and easy to work with information. We haven’t even considered things like private prison profit incentives, private prison quotas, and public policy. Quoting from wikipedia, “ Violent crime was not responsible for the quadrupling of the incarcerated population in the United States from 1980 to 2003. Violent crime rates had been relatively constant or declining over those decades. The prison population was increased primarily by public policy changes causing more prison sentences and lengthening time served, e.g. through mandatory minimum sentencing, “three strikes” laws, and reductions in the availability of parole or early release. 49 percent of sentenced state inmates were held for violent offenses. Perhaps the single greatest force behind the growth of the prison population has been the national “War on Drugs.” ”

So no, more technology being available hasn’t resulted in the United State’s insane incarceration rates. Institutional racism, a bullshit “war on drugs”, and vindictive laws that line the pockets of private prisons are. Don’t let ideology fool you, the United States is objectively one of the least free countries.

And while everyone’s attention is on Trump, the Romanian government has just overturn an anti corruption law and set free inmates serving sentences of up to five years for non-violent crimes.
This means that about 2,500 people, including several elected officials and magistrates who are behind bars after being convicted of corruption, will be released.
The law allows anyone that has stolen or will stole less than 45k euro to not face charges. The law was approved tonight at 10 pm even though people are protesting for weeks against it and last night 40000 people protested only in Bucharest.
I have always loved my country even though people don’t have the best opinion about us but now, in this moment, I am ashamed, I want to scream and I just want really really bad to just fucking punch them. They have humiliated us, they have ignored us and they’ve approved this law like cowards in the middle of the night.
We will not stop here. We will do all we can to stop them. They are sending us away and just sell the country piece by piece but we will not go down without a fight. Not as long as we are breathing!

one of the many problems with liberals is their total reluctance to help someone being convicted of unjust/disproportionate charges once they realize the victim has a past criminal record. the moment they learn that person may have committed an offence in the past, they pretty much just back away like “oh well he does have a criminal record…” 

newsflash: we do not fight unjust charges because the victim has a 100% clean slate and has never sinned in their life. we fight them because they are unjust charges and someone is being disproportionately punished in order to benefit a corrupt institution. 

People want to support Ramsey Orta until they realize he may have been arrested in the past, as if that justifies any of the mistreatment and police brutality he has faced since filming Eric Garner’s death. There is so much reason to believe Ramsey Orta was targeted, entrapped/convicted for crimes he did not commit, or at the very least, unjustly convicted of non-violent crimes as punishment for making what happened to Eric Garner known to the public. 

Yet, the moment his record is out in the open people become amnesiacs to his history of being stalked and hassled by police officers. All of a sudden his alleged possession charge is a letter of permission to unjustly charge him, keep him in prison illegally, and torture him after he’s been convicted. 

False charges don’t suddenly become acceptable because they’re applied to someone with a record. This lack of empathy for people “with a record” is how the state gets away with torturing, unjustly punishing and pretty much throwing people in jail for crimes they did not commit. 

There hasn’t been one instance in history where whites havent attempted to completely wipe out a peoples culture and population by using the same method of social engineering.

-Kill or incarcerate the men
-Assimilate the women
-Reteach the children

The cultural genocide of blacks picked up steam, with the “War on Drugs”. Thousands of black men incarcerated for exaggerated periods of time for these non violent crimes.
Assimilation of our women began with ridiculous western beauty standards, demonization of black culture, creating deep insecurity, and the indoctrination of white romance into our culture , mostly to replace men that were incarcerated and as a mental escape from the deep psychological damage that stemmed from the insecurity that accompanied being apart of a now lesser valued black culture in the larger society.

Law is Law (Laurens x Reader)

TW: Drugs, bad relationship with dad, my lack of knowledge of crimes, maybe swearing???

Summary: You are a cop (a job you didn’t want). John, however, is a drug dealer


You grumble and get out of your car, wishing that you had followed your dreams instead of your father’s dreams for you. He wanted you to be stronger than your sister who was raped while she was in college. He called her weak and “a pathetic excuse for a daughter”. You were absolutely horrified. He cut her off from the family because of something that she had no control over. He wanted you to be better than her. He forced you to go into law enforcement. You figured you wouldn’t get passed the first week, but you passed the entire course. With flying colors. You quickly climbed your way up the ladder and became one of the top agents, which meant you had to go undercover quite a bit. Today wasn’t going to be any different from most. You had already arranged the deal (with the help of an inmate), so all you had to do know was get the dealer.

You walk around to the back of the gas station and gently whisper the code word the inmate gave you. A tall man with his curly hair pulled back into a ponytail emerges from the shadow like the opening to a “political” movie that only white men and women get offended by.

“Four ounces of-(Y/N)? What are you doing here?”

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A 36 year-old mother was detained by ICE on Wednesday and placed in a van for deportation after living in the United States since she was 14.  What makes her an enforcement priority for the Trump administration?

She was arrested in 2008 during a workplace raid ordered by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Golfland Sunsplash amusement park in Mesa, Ariz., and convicted of felony identity theft for possessing false papers.

In other words, she had been using someone else’s social security number so that she could earn a living.  This is a non-violent crime, one committed most often by undocumented immigrants, and categorized as a felony so that it can be the basis for removal from the United States.

Read the full story here or here.

If someone says to you that they don’t see anything wrong with removing someone from this country who has a criminal conviction, you should be telling them about this.  

california just deemed rape a non-violent crime and we also passed a law that lets people who commit rape to be let out earlier and I feel distraught and destroyed. 

Edit: PLS stop reblogging this and go and look at everything that was added to this post. The actual problem is not prop 57, it’s the penal code and the def of violent crimes

anonymous asked:

Hi :) I wrote to you a few weeks ago about my dad going to prison and you and your followers were soo lovely! Just wanted to update you that he's doing great! Turns out everyone loves him and he's made friends with everyone! He told me how the other day 3 men came into his cell (and he became really scared) but they actually thanked him for cleaning up (that's his job) and they said it was really nice to have a clean area.. Only 7.5/9 months to go! :) thanks again I love your blog! xxx

Awww, well that’s really nice to hear. I’m so pleased to hear that he has settled in okay. It must be daunting when you’re going to prison, particularly for a non-violent crime. Hopefully that time will fly by, and thank you for the kind words :)

And then it turns out that Eric Trump was using the teddy bear to smuggle cocaine. Whoopsie.


But seriously, I want to highlight not only this cartoon but the entire line of argument behind it and, so far, at least a dozen others. This ‘Unless the evidence is found right away, there is no there there’ argument.

Bullshit. Criminal investigations take time. When you’re talking about corruption or conspiracy or any non-violent crime instead of murder or rape there’s much less emphasis on timeliness. The more complex the crime or series of crimes is, the longer the investigation needs to be.

This is just common sense, but it’s in the interest of the people trying to downplay the story to pretend otherwise. I don’t know if Ramirez et al are motivated by a genuine fondness for Trump or if they just feel the impulse to defend anyone that The Other Side (Democrats) goes after, but they have hitched their wagon to the ‘Russia is a ruse’ train and they need to hope that other people will buy this.

And it might work. Not just because the American public has a short attention span and little to no concern about crimes committed before some arbitrary point in the past, but because TV shows and movies have conditioned us to believe that investigations and trials are a simple A-B-C formula where breakthroughs and progress occur at a consistent rate.

Think of it as the brother of the CSI effect. Call it, I don’t know, the Law & Order effect. The belief that unless new evidence in an investigation is reported at a certain point after the last breakthrough that the story was a false lead all along.

And there are real cases of this. George W. Bush going AWOL for a year or so? That report CBS did was discredited, and people acted as if that meant the entire story was bunk.

Of course, this demand for immediate resolution can be ignored when the story is convenient to one’s own interests. How much did Ramirez alone bang on about Benghazi?

mattykinsel  asked:

1. Aren't some things police do.. good , like keeping hard drugs and sex offenders and murderers off the street? Why wouldn't we then look at the police as a nuanced institution that has problems but isn't inherently bad per se ? 2. Idk like .. it's hard for me to translate "police serve the interests of the rich" into everyday examples like I'm just a poor full time college student living in a city haha you know? I find a lot of left discourse is hard to make relevant.

I have a few more points to make before getting into your specific questions. 

This is a really good example of why solidarity is really important. Just because you personally might not experience a particular type of oppression (though you might experience others), doesn’t mean that it isn’t real. Its important to listen to and try to understand people who do. But even if you personally have trouble with that, there’s a lot of objective information and statistics to back up what they’re saying.

Institutionalized police forces are relatively new historically speaking, and were created during the industrial revolution to deal with striking workers in England and the American north, and as slave patrols in the american south. They were literally created to serve the interests of rich capitalists and slave owners.

To this day they perform the role of suppressing mass protest movements, and feeding a prison industrial complex that maintains racism and slavery. Private prisons profit immensely from this arrangement. Check out this ask I answered a while back. The entire system targets poor and black people to such an insanely disproportionate degree its impossible to argue its not simply a racist institution that carries out class war in the name of the rich.

1. First off prisons are an awful way to deal with drug issues. 22% of people are in federal and state prisons for non-violent drug related crimes. They haven’t hurt anyone, they’re there as a result of a bullshit war on drugs that disproportionately targets (you guessed it!) black and poor individuals. Drug related incarceration rates in the U.S. are nine times greater for young African-American men between the ages of 20 and 34 years (source), even though on average white people use more drugs than African-Americans. (Source) Aside from this. prisons make AWFUL rehabilitation facilities for drug users.  60 to 80 percent of drug abusers commit a new crime (typically a drug-driven crime) after release from prison. Approximately 95 percent return to drug abuse after release from prison. (source) So if you are actually concerned about rehabilitating users of hard drugs, prisons and law enforcement is not the way to do it. Providing resources and physiological help to addicts who want it, in a safe environment where they don’t feel trapped or forced into it, one that doesn’t ruin your life and any chance of getting a future job and/or home, would be a much better approach. 

As far as sex offenders and murderers are concerned, it would go along way to address the social causes of these crimes. Change our patriarchal and sex alienated society, and far less of these crimes will be committed. Provide people with material support, education, and institutions to help those who need it and far less crimes in general will be committed. There will always be some, but few enough to allow more localized, community organized approaches to crime that focus on conflict resolution and rehabilitation. 

2. I’ve provided some examples of police enforcing the interests of the rich above. If you want to get personal experience of this, go to some protests and watch the police tear gas and shoot rubber bullets into unarmed peaceful crowds. Get a sense of what it feels like to run for your life from people who you’ve been told are there to protect you. Talk to almost any Black, Native, or Hispanic person about their personal experiences with the police, I guarantee you they have something to say. Listen to people who experience things you don’t, try to empathize.  

russianwolfzero  asked:

Decriminalization of non violent crimes, problem solved.

More than 40 years of deliberate policy decisions at the federal, state, and local level are what led to mass incarceration. The cumulative impact of these choices was more people locked up, for a broader range of offenses, and kept there longer than at any point in history. Sadly, a punitive instinct is now deeply ingrained in our professional, political, and popular culture. For many people, the “tough on crime” era is all they know. As a result, it will require a wide-range of ambitious reforms to practice and policy over many years to unravel mass incarceration.

Don’t believe anything you read that suggests a change to a single policy, agency, or practitioner (police, prosecutors, judges) will solve this challenge. There is no “silver bullet.” Criminal justice policy is state-specific and local in practice. The “fix” for one state may have little impact in another.

Thus, it will take much more than simply decriminalizing nonviolent crime to roll back mass incarceration. The Urban Institute developed the Prison Population Forecaster to illustrate the different ways in which states can respond to mass incarceration. In some states, cuts to admissions for drug and property offenses can have a significant impact on the prison population. In others, the prison population is comprised overwhelmingly of people convicted of a violent offense. Sustainable reductions are only possible through sharp decreases in length of stay for crimes of violence.

Mass incarceration has been the result of decades of misguided decisions. Challenging it will require reforms on the same scale.

don’t let tr*mp make the other assholes look good

The brutality and idiocy of this administration has been making some people misty-eyed for past republican administrations and their relative competence. Please remember how many brown people both Bushes killed. Please remember the Black folks they jailed for non-violent crimes through the war on drugs. 

Please remember that Reagan killed a generation of gay men, as well as countless trans women and immigrants, with his refusal to acknowledge the AIDS crisis and his policies for the CDC. His educational policies are the foundations that the exorbitant tuitions our generation pays were built on. 

These are just a few of their fucking crimes. They’ve all been anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-POC, anti-anyone who isn’t white and straight and rich. If they were ever competent, they used that competence to fuck people over.

anonymous asked:

what is your opinion on illicit drugs? do you think they're illegal because they are bad themselves? do you think they're wrongly demonised? do you agree with both to an extent???

The war on drugs in America was started to directly target poor people of color, ESPECIALLY black people, and its function was and still is mass incarceration of mostly young black men with the intention of keeping them out of the job market, out of the polls, unable to own homes in the future etc. white suburban moms get addicted to illicit drugs without suffering similar consequences, celebrities get lauded for coming clean about drug addictions and going to rehab, but the intent of US gov and law enforcement is transparent in the fact that the first goal is not to rehabilitate or offer counseling/healthcare of any kind but rather to punish often with EXTREME sentences for non violent drug related crimes.

woonkamerplant  asked:

I saw your reblog about prisons, and, i am genuinely interested because i don't know, but, how would 'criminal behaviour' be treated by an anarchistic society?

This is a really complicated issue, and there are a lot of resources that people have collected and written on the topic, you can search my blog for the word prison to find stuff I’ve written and reblogged, I know for sure I’ve answered some similar asks in the past. 

First off a lot of people are in prison for non-violent crimes, drug use, political prisoners. etc. Those people just don’t belong in prison. In general though the idea is to treat the social causes of “Criminal Behavior” (income inequality, restricted access to education, abuse and oppression rampant in our society) rather than punish individuals (which has been shown over and over to be ineffective deterrent and even worse rehabilitation). Anarchism also seeks to create institutions that better facilitate voluntary rehabilitation, to provide help to people who need and want it. 

Other than that it may sometimes be to detain people in self defense of a community, but hopefully it would be done locally, in a non-institutionalized way, with a focus on conflict resolution and rehabilitation. The important part is the prison industrial complex that thrives on racism and continues the institution of slavery has to go.

In the US, Black people get shot and killed more than white people. Usually for minor crimes like a broken tail-light or jaywalking. Sometimes they just “look suspicious” and get shot by off-duty police.

16% of white people killed by police are unarmed. 

47% of black people killed by police are unarmed.

White people are 73% of the population, but only 38% of the people killed by police in 2014.

Black people are 12% of the population, but make up 18-20% (depending on which source you use) of people killed in 2014. The first quarter of 2015, blacks made up 25% of the people killed by police.

Hispanic people are 16.4% of the population, but make up 12.5% of people killed in 2014. (This means the are targeted by police less than blacks, but more than whites)

(Note: 28% of people killed by police were unreported race, some of these percentages could be off. Furthermore, police are not required to report people they kill to any agency so they only way to track these is by newspaper or TV news reports.)

Sources include, Mother Jones News,,, CNN, wikipedia, and some basic math skills

A personal story

My parents didn’t let me become a citizen until I threw a fit at age 17 when I found out they never had me naturalized. Now I’m reading all these stories about transracial adoptees being sent back to their country of origin for minor crimes and because their green cards expired/weren’t citizens, to a country they know nothing about, where they don’t know anyone or speak the language. I’m somewhat terrified at the thought if I had never demanded to be naturalized and if I had gotten in trouble with the law, even a non violent crime, I might have been deported to a country I would know nothing about.

What is Black Privilege?

…Being lost/missing, but news stations give you no media coverage… and to add insult to injury, your missing white counterpart is broadcast ALL OVER/given tons of media coverage.

…being murdered (by whites), yet the trial is about how you deserved to be murdered (Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, and COUNTLESS others).

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