Hispanics Less than 20% of U.S. Population, Received 77% of Federal Marijuana Sentences in 2016

Hispanics received 77% of the federal marijuana sentences in 2016, despite making up less than 20% of the overall U.S. population.

This is according to a new report released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The report found that whites made up less than 20% of the federal marijuana sentences given last year, despite making up over 75% of the population, and despite using marijuana at roughly the same rate as Hispanics.

In total there were 3,528 federal marijuana sentences in fiscal-year 2016, with the average sentence being 28 months.

Below is a chart on the racial disparity courtesy of U.S. News:

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Thousands of Federal Drug Offenders Being Released Early Starting Today

By The Washington Post

earlyAbout 6,000 federal inmates whose drug sentences were reduced will begin making their way home Friday from halfway houses and prisons across the country as a result of policy changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

A third of the 6,112 inmates who served time in the 122 facilities run by the Bureau of Prisons are foreign citizens and will be transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and eventually deported. Texas will receive the largest number of inmates affected by the policy change, 597, and Florida will receive the second-largest number, 310.

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6,000 Federal Drug Offenders to be Released Early on November 1st

By Drug Policy Alliance

opencuffsStarting November 1, 6,000 federal prisoners are to be released from federal prison, a move that is the result of changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission last year that lowered federal sentencing guidelines for people convicted under draconian drug war-era laws.

“It warms my heart to hear that 6,000 people will be coming home,” said Anthony Papa, manager of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance, who spent 12 years behind bars on a mandatory minimum drug sentence. “The drug war has devastated families and communities and it is time for the healing to begin.”

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