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The Washington Post: Study: 1 in 7 U.S. prisoners is serving life, and two-thirds of those are people of color

The Washington Post: Study: 1 in 7 U.S. prisoners is serving life, and two-thirds of those are people of color

Date: March 4, 2021

As part of an effort to end mass incarceration in the American justice system and remedy decades of racial inequity, The Sentencing Project is calling for limiting prison sentences to 20 years. Life sentences without the possibility of parole are “virtually unheard of elsewhere in the world,” said The Sentencing Project’s Ashley Nellis, and “imprisonment beyond 20 years is a predominantly American phenomenon.”

Originally sentenced to death row, Renaldo Hudson spent 37 years in prison. During that time “he learned to read, earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian studies and led religious services for inmates. He also became acutely aware of the pain he had caused and the road he had traveled before committing murder.” With COVID-19 pandemic raging through prisons, the Illinois Prison Project was able to file an emergency clemency request for Renaldo last April citing his multiple health problems and his pristine record in prison.

Now an advocate for the Illinois Prison Project, Renaldo is focused on helping the people he left behind get a second look on their life sentences.

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