People Serving Life Exceeds Entire Prison Population of 1970
To place the growth of life imprisonment in
perspective, the national life in prison population of 206,000 now exceeds the size of
the entire prison population in 1970, just prior to the prison population
explosion of the following four decades, according to a recent report released by The Prison Project. In 24 states, there are now more
people serving life sentences than were in the entire prison population in
1970, and in an additional nine states, the life imprisonment total is within
100 people of the 1970 prison population.
An analysis of crime and punishment from the perspective of a former prosecutor and current criminal justice practitioner.
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