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Matthew T. Mangino: Life without parole under scrutiny

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13.12.2019

Life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) is a growing concern in this country.

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Life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) is a growing concern in this country. According to the Sentencing Project, the number of LWOP sentences has quadrupled from about 12,500 in 1992 to more than 53,000 as of 2016.

The expansion of LWOP was the result of the confluence of two very different groups. The right-wing - tough-on-crime - hardliners who, beginning in the mid-1980s, declared war on drugs and violent crime and adopted harsher, mandatory sentences, including LWOP.

The second group includes the death penalty abolitionists, left leaning progressives, who adopted LWOP sentences as a logical alternative to the death penalty. As the death penalty wanes - only 22 executions expected in 2019, the fewest since 1991 - those opposed to the death penalty........

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