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The Sentencing Project Launches Campaign to End Life Imprisonment

November 09, 2018
Join The Sentencing Project & Public Welfare Foundation on December 4th for our campaign launch and release of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences.

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The Sentencing Project and Public Welfare Foundation are pleased to invite you to the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment launch event, featuring the release of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences authored by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis. Kirkus Reviews describes the book as “a riveting, passionate case against lifetime incarceration and a plea for criminal justice reform.” The forum will also premiere Brave New Films’ examination of the impact of life sentences.

While violent crime has generally declined for the past 25 years, the number of people serving life has continued to rise due to policy changes that lengthened sentences, delayed parole hearings and reduced parole grants. Join us at the historic True Reformer Building in DC for a thoughtful conversation about the consequences of life imprisonment, including its impact on families, public safety and the movement to end mass incarceration.

Featured Speakers

Marc Mauer: Executive Director, The Sentencing Project

Marc Mauer is one of the country’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system and co-author of The Meaning of Life. He has directed programs on criminal justice policy reform for more than 30 years.

Ashley Nellis: Senior Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project

Ashley Nellis is co-author of The Meaning of Life and has written extensively on the prevalence of life sentences in the United States and racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.

Kerry Myers: Deputy Executive Director, Louisiana Parole Project

Kerry Myers served 27 years of a life sentence in Louisiana for a crime he maintains he did not commit. He is the former editor of the award-winning Angolite magazine and contributed the case history stories in The Meaning of Life.

Additional Speakers:

  • Brittany Barnett, Co-Founder, Buried Alive Project
  • Professor Angela J. Davis, American University Washington College of Law
  • Alise Marshall, Director of Strategy and New Ventures, Public Welfare Foundation
  • Jim Miller, Executive Director, Brave New Films
  • Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy, The Sentencing Project
  • Jose Saldana, Community Organizer, Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)
  • Senator Sharif Street, Pennsylvania State Senate
 
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