The Sentencing Project is pleased to announce The New Press’ publication of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences and the launch of our Campaign to End Life Imprisonment.
Authored by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis, with contributions by Kerry Myers, The Meaning of Life argues that the dramatic growth of life imprisonment – which has led to one of every seven people in prison serving a life sentence – requires advocates and lawmakers to address the problem of excessive sentencing to end mass incarceration. Long-term sentences produce declining impacts on crime as people age-out of criminal behavior, while correctional costs increase as this population ages.
In combination with the book, the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment will engage in public education about the consequences of long sentences and support advocacy efforts to reduce the use of life imprisonment.
The Meaning of Life can be purchased at local bookstores or through these online sellers.
Visit our campaign website here.
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.