This webinar discussed state and federal practices and policies that contribute to the country’s growing lifer population, and highlighted state efforts to increase parole for people serving life sentences.
The webinar slides are available here, and a video recording can be viewed below and here.
Nazgol Ghandnoosh, The Sentencing Project
Barbara Levine, Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS)
Heidi Rummel, University of Southern California Post-Conviction Justice Project
Mujahid Farid, Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)
The Sentencing Project asks the Commission to take a fresh look at the guidelines structure to determine if sentence lengths are sufficient, but not greater than necessary, to achieve the goals of sentencing.
It costs $1 million to incarcerate someone for life. Texans must ask themselves whether they want to continue spending billions, despite diminishing public safety benefits associated with lengthy prison terms.