The U.S. Sentencing Commission issued a report on life in prison in the federal criminal justice system.
In fiscal year 2013, federal courts imposed a sentence of life imprisonment in 153 cases. The number of these cases in prior years has varied, with the highest number of life sentences having been imposed in fiscal year 2009, when the courts sentenced 280 offenders to life imprisonment. As of January 2015, there were 4,436 prisoners incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons serving a life prisonment sentence. 33 They accounted for 2.5 percent of the federal sentenced offenders in the BOP system.
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