Jailed For Life After Stealing $159 Jacket? Thousands Serving Life For Non-Violet Crimes Without Parole

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Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African American,

18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities. ” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report.

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