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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Sentencing Project report shows life sentences have quadrupled since 1984

Today, The Sentencing Project released Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America, which documents the increase in life sentences despite the decrease in violent crime. The report's key findings are these:

  • As of 2012, there were 159, 520 people serving life sentences, an 11.8% rise since 2008.
  • One of every nine individuals in prison is serving a life sentence.
  • The population of prisoners serving life without parole (LWOP) has risen more sharply than those with the possibility of parole: there has been a 22.2% increase in LWOP since just 2008, an increase from 40,174 individuals to 49,081.
  • Approximately 10,000 lifers have been convicted of nonviolent offenses.
  • Nearly half of lifers are African American and 1 in 6 are Latino.
  • More than 10,000 life-sentenced inmates have been convicted of crimes that occurred before they turned 18 and nearly 1 in 4 of them were sentenced to LWOP.
  • More than 5,300 (3.4%) of the life-sentenced inmates are female.

The full report is here

 

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