(The Sentencing Project)
Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
While serious crime rates in the U.S. have been declining for the last 20 years, the number of prisoners serving life sentences has more than quadrupled since 1984. As documented in this report, over 159,000 people were serving life sentences in 2012, with nearly 50,000 serving life without parole.
Key findings from the report include:
Read the full report here.
Issue Area(s): Juvenile Justice, Racial Disparity, Incarceration, Women, Sentencing Policy