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Date: November 13, 2019 — November 16, 2019
Location:

San Francisco, CA

Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis will present the latest research on life sentences in the United States at the American Society of Criminology Presidential Plenary session.

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Date: November 14, 2019 6:30 PM PT
Location:

San Francisco, CA

The Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis, co-authors of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences will join UnCommon Law for a discussion on life sentences in the United States.

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Date: November 14, 2019 — November 15, 2019
Location:

Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, VA

The Sentencing Project’s Kara Gotsch will join The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice’s “2019 Annual Symposium: Issues in Federal Sentencing: Privilege, Disparity, and a Way Forward” for a panel discussion, titled, “A Way Forward: Efforts for Reform.”

The panel will assess what can be done in and out of theMORE »

Date: November 17, 2019 10:50 am
Location:

Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA

The Sentencing Project’s Kara Gotsch and Nazgol Ghandnoosh will discuss ending life imprisonment at the 2019 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ).

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Past Events

Date: May 20, 2019 5:45 PM CT
Location:

New Orleans, LA

Marc Mauer will discuss reforming life sentences with advocates at a Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) meeting.

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Date: April 16, 2019
Location:

Baltimore, MD

Ashley Nellis will join a panel on law and social movements at Johns Hopkins University’s Foreign Affairs Symposium to discuss her new book with Marc Mauer, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences and the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment.

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Date: April 12, 2019
Location:

New York, NY

Marc Mauer will join a panel discussion at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College with leading experts about mass incarceration, following a screening of 13th—a documentary by filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

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Date: April 1, 2019
Location:

Austin, TX

Ashley Nellis will discuss her newest book—The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, co-authored with Marc Mauer—with students and community members at the University of Texas’ William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law on The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences. 

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Date: March 27, 2019
Location:

Harrisburg, PA

Ashley Nellis will speak on a panel at the Pennsylvania State Capitol along with advocates in support of ending life-without-parole sentences in the state.

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Date: March 5, 2019
Location:

Philadelphia, PA

Marc Mauer will explore the policy changes that have produced the historic growth of life sentences, and present evidence that life imprisonment actually reduces public safety at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

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Date: February 28, 2019
Location:

Cambridge, MA

Marc Mauer will lead a discussion around his new book co-authored with Ashley Nellis, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences. The event will also include a conversation with Massachusetts experts around life sentencing:

  • Rachel Corey, Emancipation Initiative
  • Sean Ellis, exoneree
  • MA State Rep. Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk District
  • Radha Natarajan, Executive Director, NewMORE »
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?

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Date: February 7, 2019 — February 9, 2019
Location:

Honolulu, HI

Marc Mauer will be awarded the June Morrison-Tom Gitchoff Founders Award for significant improvement of the quality of justice at the Western Society of Criminology. He will also give a plenary talk discussing the need to reform life sentences.

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Date: January 7, 2019 7:00 pm ET
Location:

Politics and Prose

Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis will discuss their new book, on The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, at Politics and Prose. Arguing that prison terms should be limited to no more than twenty years, they draw on the experiences of six people impacted by such sentencing to show that mandatory lifeMORE »

Date: December 12, 2018
Location:

Powell’s City of Books — Portland, OR

Ashley Nellis will give a book talk at Powell’s City of Books on The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, authored by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis and published by The New Press.

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Date: December 11, 2018
Location:

Town Hall Seattle — Seattle, WA

Ashley Nellis will give a book talk at Town Hall Seattle on The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, authored by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis and published by The New Press.

Also featured will be Steven Herbert author of …

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Date: December 4, 2018
Location:

Public Welfare Foundation — Washington, D.C.

The Sentencing Project and Public Welfare Foundation are pleased to invite you to the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment launch event, featuring the release of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences authored by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis. Join us at the historic True Reformer Building in DCMORE »