1.6 Million Drug Arrests
Made in 2000
Center for Cognitive
Liberty & Ethics, Press Release Oct. 22, 2001
According to a report released Monday by the FBI, 1.6 million arrests were
made for drug offense violations in the year 2000, a slight increase (0.5
percent) over 1999 figures.
the sixth straight year, more people were arrested for drug offenses than
for any other offense category. In fact, in the year 2000 more people were
arrested for drug offenses than for murder, rape, arson, aggravated
assault, robbery, burglary, and auto theft combined.
The vast majority (81 percent) of drug
offense arrests were for personal possession. Just shy of 41 percent of
those arrests were for personal possession of marijuana.
“The statistics are appalling for what
they say about the government’s skewed priorities,” said Richard Glen
Boire, director of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE).
According to the report, over 1 million
Americans were arrested last year for possessing small amounts of drugs
for their own personal use; 647,662 of those people possessed marijuana.
“Given that the FBI’s report indicates
that roughly 50 percent of all violent crimes go unsolved, it’s time for
the Government to reprioritize its resources, stop going after nonviolent
drug users, and instead use its police powers to protect the citizenry
from violent offenders,” said Boire. “Our drug laws need to be
re-written so that they target people who engage in violent or dangerous
behavior that harms others. Marijuana users and others who cause no harm
to fellow citizens should be left alone. This would free up thousands of
police hours which could be used for stopping and solving violent
The entire Uniform Crime Report for 2000
can be viewed online at: http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel01/cius2000.htm
the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
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law and policy center working in the public interest to protect
fundamental civil liberties. The Center seeks to foster cognitive liberty
– the basic human right to unrestrained independent thinking, including
the right to control one’s own mental processes and to experience the
full spectrum of possible thought. Web site: http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/ccle/