One in 11 inmates in state and federal prisons are serving life sentences.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position::Inter Alia - Brief article
 
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One in 11 inmates in state and federal prisons are serving life sentences, reports The Sentencing Project in No Exit: The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in America. A record 140,610 individuals are sentenced to life, 6,807 of whom were juveniles at the time of the crime. In addition, 29 percent of people serving life sentences have no possibility of parole, and 1,755 were juveniles at the time of the crime. The report represents the first nationwide collection of life sentence data documenting race, ethnicity and gender, and it reveals overwhelming racial and ethnic disparities in the allocation of life sentences. Of significance, 66 percent of all persons sentenced to life are nonwhite, and 77 percent of juveniles serving life sentences are nonwhite.

The report also finds that in five states--Alabama, California...

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