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.
North Carolina's felony disenfranchisement law mutes the political voices of Black residents, preventing them from meaningfully changing systems that, like the criminal justice system, so often discriminate against them.