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CNN: Number of women serving life sentences without parole has surged over the past decade

CNN: Number of women serving life sentences without parole has surged over the past decade

Date: September 22, 2021

The number of women in prison serving life without the possibility of parole has risen 43% since 2008, adding to an already aging prison population nationwide.

In a recent article on CNN, the latest research from The Alice Project—a collaboration from The Sentencing Project, The National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide—was highlighted. The report finds nearly 2,000 women now serving life-without-parole sentences can expect to die in prison. These “excessive” punishments contradict international human rights standards and women of color are disproportionately impacted, as are victims of abuse.

“The circumstances that lead women to commit violent crimes are often complicated by a history of sexual and/or physical trauma,” the report’s authors wrote. “Women who serve life sentences report high levels of psychiatric disorders, histories of physical and sexual violence and previous suicide attempts.”