All posts tagged: arrest

Racism (20): Racial Discrimination in Marijuana Arrests

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data / law / racism

Marijuana use by black residents of Washington DC is only slightly higher than among white residents. Given that blacks are slightly more numerous in DC than whites, we should – if criminal justice were fair – also see only slightly more blacks arrested for marijuana use. Surprise, surprise: that’s not the case. In 2007, 91 percent of those arrested for marijuana were black. Adjusting for population, African-Americans are eight times more likely to be arrested. […]

The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (83): 8 Years in Prison for Sex Doll Prank?

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education / human rights violations / law / most absurd human rights violations

In case you were wondering why there are so many people in jail in the U.S.: When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school [in Indianapolis], he didn’t expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he’d be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record. … [S]ecurity footage showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves […]