And it's adding 10,000 more names to the list each day.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal found that the FBI's master criminal database includes more than 77.7 million Americans, with 10,000 to 12,000 new names added every day. That means the FBI is keeping tabs on roughly one out of every three American adults.
The Journal reports that over the past 20 years, government authorities have made more than 250,000 arrests, according to FBI estimates. Gary Fields and John R. Emswhiller at the Journal apply this "zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes" to the increased police presence in U.S. schools. Fields and Emswhiller describe a student in North Carolina who was taken into custody for having a small pocketknife:
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