The Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer was recently featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to discuss his new book with Ashley Nellis, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences. Marc and Trevor discussed the relationship between mass incarceration and life sentences, and why life sentences are actually counterproductive to public safety.
Modest approaches only targeting prison privatization aren't enough to end prison abuses or mass incarceration. Bold ideas and significant resources are necessary to dismantle mass incarceration and overcriminalization.
State coalitions challenging life imprisonment include a range of voices like persons formerly serving life prison terms, faith leaders, and restorative justice practitioners. Crime survivors are also key allies in scaling back life imprisonment. Victim led advocacy represents a range of perspectives.