The meaning of life: the case for abolishing life sentences

By Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis; featuring six portraits of lifers by Kerry Myers

The meaning of life: the case for abolishing life sentences by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis; featuring six portraits of lifers by Kerry Myers
Added February 6, 2019

Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis of The Sentencing Project argue that there is no practical or moral justification for a sentence longer than twenty years. Harsher sentences have been shown to have little effect on crime rates, since people "age out" of crime--meaning that we're spending a fortune on geriatric care for older prisoners who pose little threat to public safety. Extreme punishment for serious crime also has an inflationary effect on sentences across the spectrum, helping to account for severe mandatory minimums and other harsh punishments. Also features profiles of a half dozen people affected by life sentences. ~ Summary from publisher

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