September 23, 2021
The Sentencing Project yesterday released a report analyzing extreme sentences imposed on women in this country (which you can access by clicking here).
The results are not terribly surprising, though they are distressing.
– One of every 15 women in prison – amounting to more than 6,600 women – is serving a life sentence.
– Of these, 2,000 women are serving life without parole (LWOP).
– Another 52 women in the U.S. are awaiting execution, with most of them in California.
– Since 2008, the number of women serving LWOP has grown by 43 percent.
– More than four in ten women on death row are people of color.
– One of every 39 Black women in prison is serving LWOP.
I may not have the solution, but I have a sense of what the problem is.