In the first-ever study of people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union found that at least 3,278 prisoners fit this category in federal and state prisons combined.
"A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses" features key statistics about these prisoners, an analysis of the laws that produced their sentences, and case studies of 110 men and women serving these sentences. Of the 3,278 prisoners, 79 percent were convicted of nonviolent, drug-related crimes such as possession or distribution, and 20 percent of nonviolent property crimes like theft.
It is widely known that our country’s immigration system is broken. The status quo — which keeps millions of aspiring Americans in the shadows and in legal limbo — does not meet the needs of South Carolina business, does not promote public safety in our communities, and certainly does not respect our cherished civil liberties.
Reform is urgently needed to restore fairness to an immigration system under which almost 2 million people have been deported by the Obama administration. This tearing apart of families has had a devastating impact.
The ACLU of SC advocates and lobbies for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
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ACLU releases report on mass tracking