By Marc Maurer | September 30, 2013
I'm pleased to pass along an editorial that appeared in The New York Times today, "Writing Off Lives." The commentary is in response to the recent report of The Sentencing Project, Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America, which documented a record 160,000 people serving such prison terms, or one of every nine people in prison.
The Times concludes, "The whole trend is deeply counterproductive. States need to encourage more rational sentencing, restore the use of executive clemency and bring parole back into the corrections process."
Other recent coverage of the report includes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Epidemic of Life Sentences," and the Atlantic Cities, "The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole."
We hope that our recent findings can contribute to the growing dialogue on sentencing reform nationally.