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2013
Document 027109
Tinkering with Life: A Look at the Inappropriateness of Life Without Parole as an Alternative to the Death Penalty
By Nellis, Ashley.
Problems with and suggested solutions for the increased use of life without parole (LWOP) are discussed. This article is divided into six sections: the rise of LWOP sentences; causes for LWOP expansion—tough on crime, repeal of the death penalty, public mistrust, and promotion of LWOP as a replacement for the death penalty; what is wrong with LWOP—lack of heightened review, mandatory sentences, and racial disparity; LWOP as an inappropriate alternative to the death penalty; suggestions for refor... Read More
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20 pages
2013
Document 027635
Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
By Nellis, Ashley; Chung, Jean. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
“The lifer population has more than quadrupled in size since 1984. One in nine people in prison is now serving a life sentence and nearly a third of lifers will never have a chance at a parole hearing; they are certain to die in prison. This analysis documents long-term trends in the use of life imprisonment as well as providing empirical details for the offenses that comprise the life-sentenced population” (p. 1). This report contains these sections: introduction and key findings; the rise in l... Read More
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34 pages
2012
Document 025797
The Lives of Juvenile Lifers: Findings from a National Survey
By Nellis, Ashley. The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
This report presents data from the first survey about juvenile lifers. This is especially important since the United States is the only country in the world that incarcerates a juvenile (for) life without parole (JLWOP)—meaning this child will die in the prison. Anyone working with incarcerated children especially those for life without parole need to read this publication. Key findings are given for: socioeconomic disadvantages, education failure, and abuse; extreme racial disparities in JLWOP ... Read More
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47 pages
2011
Document 025263
Juvenile Justice: Addressing the Collateral Consequences of Convictions for Young Offenders
By Nellis, Ashley. National Association of Criminal Justice Lawyers (NACDL) (Washington, DC).
“This article explores areas in need of attention and reform so that young people who have been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of a crime are not punished subsequently by other systems they encounter” (p. 20). Topics covered include: an overview of the juvenile offender population; original intent of the juvenile justice system; collateral consequences of a conviction or delinquency adjudication—zero tolerance and other school push-out policies, challenges to re-enrollment, barriers to empl... Read More
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7 pages
2010
Document 024748
Throwing Away the Key: The Expansion of Life Without Parole Sentences in the United States
By Nellis, Ashley.
The use of life without parole (LWOP) sentencing is discussed. This article is divided into four parts: the increasing use of LWOP sentences; misguided justifications for the use of LWOP—distrust of the criminal justice system, loss of faith in personal reformation, and the desire for retribution; concerns about LWOP sentences—the rising costs of an aging prison population, insufficient scrutiny used in many LWOP cases, and the U.S. being out of step with other nations; and a more sensible respo... Read More
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6 pages
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