The Sentencing Project launched the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment to engage the public about the consequences of long sentences and support advocacy efforts to reduce the use of lifeimprisonment.
To end mass incarceration we must address life sentences. A record one of every seven people in U.S. prisons is serving a life sentence. While most have committed a violent offense, research finds that people age out of criminal behavior — producing diminishing returns for public safety.
More than 44,000 collateral consequences exist nationwide that continue to punish people with felony records long after the completion of their sentence. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report provides actionable recommendations to the President, Congress and federal agencies on how to scale back these punishments.
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