The number of people serving life sentences in U.S. prisons has nearly quintupled since 1984, according to a new report, Still Life: America’s Increasing Use of Life and Long-term Sentences.
Ashley Nellis, senior researcher for the Sentencing Project and author of the report, told ABC News that underneath the numbers is a large bill for U.S. taxpayers, according to her research.
“A prisoner who starts his or her sentence in their 30s will, on average, cost the state $1 million per year,” Nellis told ABC News.
She said that part of the expense of incarcerating people for life is that they become more expensive with age.
“Many people enter prison in poor health to begin with,” Nellis said. “Then prison itself is hard on a person’s health, and they’re being cared for into their geriatric years.”
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June 14, 2016
The Color of Justice 2016 Report
African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and at least ten times the rate in five states. This report documents the rates of incarceration for whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in each state, identifies three contributors to racial and ethnic disparities in imprisonment, and provides recommendations for reform.
October 07, 2021
Sign-on Letter: Pass the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act of 2021
Justice organizations urge the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia to pass Bill 4-0338, the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act of 2021 as a necessary, common sense approach to juvenile justice reform that will create better outcomes for youth and communities, will treat children as children, and will make significant steps forward in advancing racial equity.