JURIST – Paper Chase: ACLU: more than 3,200 serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes

The punishment does not fit crime perhaps?

Innerstanding Isness


[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] published [press release] a study [text, PDF] on Wednesday finding that 3,278 Americans are currently serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent offenses. The study, entitled “A Living Death: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses,” explains the racial and gender makeup of the inmates, as well as the state of the law that has led to the increasing rate at which nonviolent offenders are being sentenced to life without parole. In this analysis, the report makes particular note of mandatory minimum sentences stemming from “repeat offender” laws. “The punishments these people received are grotesquely out of proportion to the crimes they committed,” said author Jennifer Turner. “In a humane society, we can hold people accountable for drug and property crimes without throwing away the key.” The study also points out extreme racial disparity in the sentencing patterns and…

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3 thoughts on “JURIST – Paper Chase: ACLU: more than 3,200 serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes

  1. no, in today’s world a crime against the standard morals is worse than crimes against humanity

    • With due respect. Standard morals change all the time. Good moral values have changed greatly in the last one hundred years and will change in the future. Crimes against humanity, that is when one human being badly injures or kills another person or group, , are the worst crimes, in my opinion, because of the lasting, devastating effect one person has on another. Many of the crimes that these prisoners have committed — theft, burglary, drug possession — do not have a lasting, devastating effect. Being robbed, for instance, has a strong, negative effect on the victim, and I am not trying to suggest otherwise; but there is a difference between crimes against humanity and immorality, an act against the standard morals. As I said, standard morals change with times, and only by going against these morals do morals change.

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