The distribution of nonviolent life without parole (LWOP) sentences reveals that African-American offenders bear the brunt of this punishment practice. According to the ACLU’s groundbreaking “A Living Death” report, the distribution of nonviolent LWOP is: 65.8% of prisoners serving the sentence are African-American 17.8% of prisoners serving the sentence are white 15.7% of prisoners serving the sentence are Latino This graphic from that report shows how drastically the proportion of African-American prisoners serving LWOP for nonviolent crimes exceeds the proportion of African Americans in the population of each jurisdiction below. The ACLU notes that the sentencing disparities cannot be...Read More
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