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Imagining Decarceration in a World with Life Without Possibility of Parole

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As states grapple with sky-rocketing correctional costs and shrinking budgets, some policymakers have begun contemplating a wide-range of decarceration polices. Most of these policies envision the supervised release of non-violent or drug offenders, or of the elderly or infirm. Yet, one significant correctional expenditure that does not appear to be under review is the staggering cost --upwards of $1 million per offender -- of incarcerating offenders who are sentenced to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). This is no small percentage of the population. The Sentencing Project estimates that one out of every eleven offenders (9.4%) in state/federal prison is serving a life sentence, and that, of the offenders who are serving life, one in four (26.3%) is serving a sentence of LWOP. And while most LWOP offenders have committed serious and violent offenses, there are lifers who have not. This paper sitatuates the issue of LWOP within the broader context of decarceration and correctional costs, and asks whether decarceration policies can be effective without a reexamination of the use of LWOP.
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Henry, Jessica. "Imagining Decarceration in a World with Life Without Possibility of Parole" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371415_index.html>

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Henry, J. S. , 2009-11-04 "Imagining Decarceration in a World with Life Without Possibility of Parole" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371415_index.html

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Abstract: As states grapple with sky-rocketing correctional costs and shrinking budgets, some policymakers have begun contemplating a wide-range of decarceration polices. Most of these policies envision the supervised release of non-violent or drug offenders, or of the elderly or infirm. Yet, one significant correctional expenditure that does not appear to be under review is the staggering cost --upwards of $1 million per offender -- of incarcerating offenders who are sentenced to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). This is no small percentage of the population. The Sentencing Project estimates that one out of every eleven offenders (9.4%) in state/federal prison is serving a life sentence, and that, of the offenders who are serving life, one in four (26.3%) is serving a sentence of LWOP. And while most LWOP offenders have committed serious and violent offenses, there are lifers who have not. This paper sitatuates the issue of LWOP within the broader context of decarceration and correctional costs, and asks whether decarceration policies can be effective without a reexamination of the use of LWOP.


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