This T-shirt features artwork of The United States Capitol, which is the meeting place of the United States Congress. The artwork is a depiction of the Capitol building smoking a joint, a satirical design that encourages the re-thinking of the War on Drugs. A long and costly war that has impacted almost all Americans. This shirt is aimed at taking steps towards ending the War on Drugs by creating awareness & hopefully providing a bit more support for the people already in the fight.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt will go to benefit FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums).
So, what exactly are mandatory minimums?
Mandatory minimum sentences — set by Congress, not judges, require automatic, minimum prison terms for certain crimes. Most mandatory minimum sentences apply to drug offenses, but Congress has also enacted them for other crimes. In the 1980’s Congress enacted mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, causing federal prison populations to skyrocket with nonviolent drug offenders. By tying judges’ hands, mandatory minimums essentially took power away from judges and gave it to prosecutors, who could then threaten to charge defendants with crimes that would trigger a mandatory minimum. Like alcohol prohibition in the early 1900s, drug prohibition has not only failed its mission but has made its mission impossible.
- 650,000 people were arrested for marijuana violations in 2015 –comprising almost half of all drug arrests in the U.S. That’s one marijuana arrest every 50 seconds!
- 89% of arrests were for simple possession, not for selling or manufacturing.
- 2.3 million people were incarcerated in the U.S. in 2016 – the highest incarceration rate in the world
- U.S. states spend more than $3 billion enforcing marijuana prohibition every year. $$ that could go to rebuilding communities.
- We imprison more people than any other country in the world, with 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners