New National Report: 1 in 11 Prisoners Serving a Life Sentence

A new report released by The Sentencing Project finds 140,610 individuals are now serving life sentences in state and federal prisons, 6,807 of whom were juveniles at the commission of the crime.  In addition, 29% of persons serving life sentences (41,095) have no possibility of parole, and 1,755 were juveniles at the commission of the crime.

No Exit: The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in America represents the first nationwide collection of life sentences 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.

Interesting . . .