non·​vi·​o·​lent | \ ˌnän-ˈvī-ə-lənt How to pronounce nonviolent (audio) \

Definition of nonviolent

: abstaining or free from violence

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He argued that nonviolent drug offenders should receive shorter sentences.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to commuting Johnson's sentence, Trump signed the First Step Act into law in 2018, which allowed for the early release of some nonviolent offenders, among other changes to the federal prison system. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "‘Amazing’: Kim Kardashian West lauds Trump campaign for Super Bowl ad on criminal justice reform," 10 Feb. 2020 Lawmakers have passed a number of laws over the years authorizing different community programs for nonviolent offenders. Amy Yurkanin |, al, "The price of freedom? Report finds Alabama prison alternatives can cause poverty," 10 Feb. 2020 The panel recommended sentencing reforms, including legislation that would release nonviolent offenders and allow prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment but were not convicted of harming anyone to be eligible for parole. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Justice Department investigating Mississippi prison conditions amid slew of deaths," 5 Feb. 2020 Obama granted a record-setting 1,700 commutations under a sweeping initiative that prioritized nonviolent drug offenders and expanded the criteria for commutations, triggering a record-setting flood of applicants. Author: Beth Reinhard, Anne Gearan, Anchorage Daily News, "Most clemency grants bypass Justice Department and go to well-connected offenders," 3 Feb. 2020 Supporters say the program provides needed help to the right kinds of inmates and saves DOC millions of dollars by keeping low-needs, nonviolent offenders out of expensive incarceration. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin drunken drivers can get out of prison early with intense rehab. Some judges say that should end.," 26 Jan. 2020 Kardashian West’s advocacy for criminal justice reform began after hearing the story of Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence as a first-time nonviolent offender. Alexis Reliford,, "It’s Kim Kardashian West Vs. A Broken Justice System In This New Documentary," 20 Jan. 2020 In 2018, the KKW Beauty founder successfully petitioned President Donald Trump to commute the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence as a first-time nonviolent offender. Gabrielle Chung,, "Kim Kardashian Tackles Nation's 'Mass Incarceration Problem' in Upcoming Oxygen Documentary," 18 Jan. 2020 Some have applauded the former governor’s actions as a show of compassion and righting injustices, including for hundreds of nonviolent drug offenders. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky bills at General Assembly respond to Bevin’s flurry of last-minute pardons," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of nonviolent

1905, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2020

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“Nonviolent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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: not using or involving violence

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