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Online Book Talk: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences

Online Book Talk: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences

Date: February 27, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Most western democracies have few or no people serving life sentences, yet here in the United States, over 200,000 people are serving life in prison. Curious how the United States became the world leader in imposing life behind bars? Are you interested in meaningful proposals to curb mass incarceration?

Join us for a thoughtful discussion on our new book, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, by Marc Mauer, Executive Director, and Ashley Nellis, Senior Research Analyst. The book documents the expansion of life sentences in America and argues that such extreme punishments are in fact counterproductive for public safety. The Meaning of Life also features moving profiles of a half dozen people affected by life sentences, written by a formerly incarcerated “lifer” and Deputy Executive Director of the Louisiana Parole Project, Kerry Myers.

The authors will be joined in conversation with Sam Lewis, Director of Inside Programs at the Anti-Recidivism Coalition in California, whose compelling story was profiled in The Meaning of Life.

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