Reduce Prison Populations by Reducing Life Sentence
The Washington Post
March 27, 2019

I’m pleased to pass along this Washington Post commentary, Reduce Prison Populations by Reducing Life Sentences. The piece is by Daniel Nagin, one of the country’s leading criminologists, at Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Nagin speaks about the book that Ashley Nellis and I have co-authored, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, and argues that we “have made a bold recommendation for unraveling mass incarceration” and that “There is no good reason for believing that life sentences are a better deterrent than the Mauer-Nellis recommendation of a maximum sentence of 20 years.”
We’re pleased to see this thoughtful consideration of our proposal, and hope that you find it useful.
Marc Mauer
Executive Director
The Sentencing Project
1705 DeSales Street NW, 8th floor
Washington, D.C. 20036

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