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The Dallas Morning News: Life-without-parole sentences are exploding. But America’s legal defense system hasn’t kept pace.

The Dallas Morning News: Life-without-parole sentences are exploding. But America’s legal defense system hasn’t kept pace.

Date: May 20, 2021

Life-without-parole sentences are steadily increasing. Almost 56,000 people nationwide are now serving sentences that will keep them locked up until they die, an increase of 66% since 2003. By comparison, 2,500 people nationally are on death row according to the Death Penalty Information Center; the number of new death sentences dwindled to 18 last year, as prosecutors increasingly seek life instead.

As life without parole displaces capital punishment, the country’s patchwork system of public defense hasn’t kept up.

Read the full article in The Dallas Daily News.