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The Crime Report: Number of Prisoners Serving Life Rises Nationally

The Crime Report: Number of Prisoners Serving Life Rises Nationally

Date: February 18, 2021

The number of people serving life without parole — the most extreme type of life sentence — is higher than ever before, a 66% increase since The Sentencing Project’s first census in 2003. One in 5 Black men in prison is serving a life sentence and Latinx individuals comprise 16% of those serving
life sentences.

The unyielding expansion of life imprisonment in recent decades transpired because of changes in law, policy and practice that lengthened sentences and limited parole.

Read more in The Crime Report.