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Life Without Parole
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* Note that "three strikes" laws in some states may make life without parole available for at least some offenders in those states.
Serving Life - Trailer
Serving Life documents an extraordinary hospice program where hardened criminals care for dying fellow inmates. Narrated by executive producer and Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, the film takes viewers inside Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola, where the average sentence is more than 90 years. Premiered on OWN Thursday, July 28, 2011. Read more here.
Fact Sheet on prison killings from Equal Justice USA
"Death Penalty Not Needed to Prevent Prison Murder," Death Penalty Focus
A. Nellis, "Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America," The Sentencing Project (2013).
M. Mauer and K. Epstein, editors, "To Build a Better Criminal Justice System," The Sentencing Project (2012). Features 25 essays on the future of America's criminal justice system, written by academics, advocates, and other experts.
A. Nellis and R. King, No Exit: The Expanding Use of Life Sentences In America, The Sentencing Project (2009). Read a summary by DPIC.
R. Johnson and A. Dobrzanska, "Mature coping among life-sentenced inmates: an exploratory study of adjustment dynamics," Corrections Compendium. (November 2005).
A. Liptak, "To More Inmates, Life Term Means Dying Behind Bars," New York Times, October 2, 2005.
DPIC Summary: The Sentencing Project's Report, "The Meaning of 'Life': Long Prison Sentences in Context" (2004).
Sentencing for Life: Americans Embrace Alternatives to the Death Penalty (DPIC Report 1993).
M. Lane, "Is there life without parole? A capital defendant's right to a meaningful alternative sentence," 26 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 327 (1993).