Most People “Age Out” Of Crime; Mauer Urges 20-Year Max For Most Inmates

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One of every nine people in U.S. prisons, 160,000 people in all, are serving a life sentence. About a third are serving life without parole, and of the remainder, political considerations—governors and parole officials believing they need to demonstrate how “tough” they can be on individuals convicted of serious crimes—have made parole release increasingly difficult
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