Federal Prison

Life or Death

The Sentencing Project recently released an amazing study of state and federal prisoners showing that 1 in 11 prisoners are serving life.  The link to the article is here.  This is the abstract:

The Sentencing Project Releases National Report: 1 in 11 Prisoners Serving Life Sentences A new report released by The Sentencing Project finds a record 140,610 individuals are now serving life sentences in state and federal prisons, 6,807 of whom were juveniles at the time of the crime. In addition, 29% of persons serving a life sentence (41,095) have no possibility of parole, and 1,755 were juveniles at the time of the crime. No Exit: The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in America represents the first nationwide collection of life sentence data documenting race, ethnicity and gender. The report’s findings reveal overwhelming racial and ethnic disparities in the allocation of life sentences: 66% of all persons sentenced to life are non-white, and 77% of juveniles serving life sentences are non-white.