Please Rotate Your Device


Past Events

Date: July 17, 2019 1:00 PM ET 2:00 PM ET

Nearly half of the U.S. prison population is now serving time for a violent offense, including assault and robbery. While the First Step Act and other criminal justice reforms have limited the number of people imprisoned for drug crimes, they have yet to meaningfully reduce excessive penalties for violent crimes. Please join The Sentencing ProjectMORE »

Date: July 12, 2019

Detroit, MI

Marc Mauer will give the keynote address on his new book with Ashley Nellis, the Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences. After Marc’s address, there will be a response panel discussion with formerly incarcerated people who served long prison sentences.
Date: July 11, 2019 1:00 PM ET

While men comprise the overwhelming proportion of people in prison for life, the number of women serving life sentences is rising more quickly than it is for men. Nationwide one of every 15 women in prison — nearly 7,000 women — is serving a life or virtual life sentence. Please join advocates and experts forMORE »

Date: May 21, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Angola, Louisiana

Marc Mauer will discuss his new book with Ashley Nellis, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences at Angola Prison Museum.
Date: May 20, 2019 5:45 PM CT

New Orleans, LA

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

View event details »

Date: April 16, 2019

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.

View event details »

Date: April 12, 2019

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.

View event details »

Date: April 1, 2019

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. 

View event details »


Date: March 27, 2019

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.

View event details »


Date: March 5, 2019

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.

View event details »

Date: February 28, 2019

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?

Join us for a thoughtful discussionMORE »

Date: February 7, 2019 — February 9, 2019

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.

View event details »

Date: January 7, 2019 7:00 pm ET

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

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.

View event details »