Pennsylvania holds the second highest number of people serving life sentences — 8,242 individuals — both in the country and the world. While two thirds of life sentenced persons will not be released, those paroled experience lifetime supervision. The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering ending lifetime parole supervision. The Sentencing Project’s Sentencing Director of Advocacy, Nicole D. Porter provided recommendations to end and scale back lifetime parole supervision.
May 27, 2021
In a letter of support submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Amy Fettig expressed the importance of advancing the COVID-19 Safer Detention Act (S.312) and the First Step Implementation Act (S.1014).
February 17, 2021
In the United States, more than 200,000 people are serving life sentences – one out of every seven in prison.