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The Meaning of Life: The Case For Abolishing Life Sentences

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Manufacturer: The New Press

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"Most Western democracies have few or no people serving life sentences, yet ... in the United States more than 200,000 people are sentenced to such prison terms.

Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis of The Sentencing Project argue that there is no practical or moral justification for a sentence longer than twenty years. Harsher sentences have been shown to have little effect on crime rates, since people “age out” of crime—meaning that we’re spending a fortune on geriatric care for older prisoners who pose little threat to public safety. Extreme punishment for serious crime also has an inflationary effect on sentences across the spectrum, helping to account for severe mandatory minimums and other harsh punishments.

A thoughtful and stirring call to action, The Meaning of Life also features moving profiles of a half dozen people affected by life sentences, written by former “lifer” and award-winning writer Kerry Myers. The book will tie in to a campaign spearheaded by The Sentencing Project and offers a much-needed road map to a more humane criminal justice system."

Published by The New Press, 2018. Hardback edition.

Product Code: 9781620974094

Author: Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis

ISBN: 9781620974094

Publisher: The New Press

Binding: Hardback

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