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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site: Conversations about Crime, Justice, and the American Prison System
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.
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 »
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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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 »