The Sentencing Project, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Penal Reform International submitted a request to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for a thematic hearing on life imprisonment in the Organization of American States (OAS) region. This hearing is intended to provide the Commission with information on the use of life imprisonment in the United States and other OAS member states, the harm it causes, and the steps member states need to take to ensure that their practices comply with applicable human rights standards.
Read the submitted request here.
How Many People Are Spending Over a Decade in Prison?
In 2019, over half of the people in U.S. prisons – amounting to more than 770,000 people – were serving sentences of 10 years or longer – a huge jump from 2000.