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WEBINAR: America’s Enduring Reliance on Life Imprisonment

WEBINAR: America’s Enduring Reliance on Life Imprisonment

Date: March 26, 2021

The United States is a global outlier in its reliance on life sentences as a remedy for violent crime. More than 200,000 people are locked behind bars for life, according to new research by The Sentencing Project. We can’t solve our nation’s mass incarceration crisis without ending the culture of extreme sentencing that makes life sentences viable. The Sentencing Project calls for the abolition of life-without-parole sentences and a 20-year cap on all life sentences.

On the below webinar, we discuss the latest research and advocacy around life imprisonment, including information on race, women and the elderly life-sentenced population.


  • Melody Brown: Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
  • Amy Fettig: The Sentencing Project
  • Robert Saleem Holbrook: Abolitionist Law Center
  • Renaldo Hudson: Illinois Prison Project
  • Cyntoia Brown-Long: Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
  • Ashley Nellis: The Sentencing Project