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Life Sentence

This Former Inmate Fights for Others' Freedom From Life Sentences

NationSwell | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact

Jason Hernandez never thought he would see the outside world again.

Mother Jailed Over Microwave Oven Death Of 1-Month-Old Daughter

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 12.19.2015 | Crime

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 34-year-old California mother has been sentenced to life in prison in the microwave oven death of her 1-month-old daught...

An Open Letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: Free Richard Wershe Jr.

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.13.2016 | Crime
Dean Dauphinais

Governor Snyder, I have no sympathy for drug dealers. Drugs took one of my sons -- and our entire family -- on a roller coaster ride through hell for seven years. But I don't think anyone should have to suffer the injustice that Richard Wershe Jr. has suffered.

Why Conservatives are Now Second-Guessing the Death Penalty

Kevin Price | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Kevin Price

For decades, conservatives have generally supported the death penalty as a way of maintaining law and order. The nation itself has gone back and forth on the issue, seriously curtailing it in several court cases and affirming it in Gregg vs. Georgia in 1976.

I'm Serving Life Without Parole For A Non-Violent Drug Charge

Euka Wadlington | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Euka Wadlington

Despite the lack of any reasonable hope of release, I am demonstrating my commitment to becoming a better productive member of society in whatever way I can.

At Age 27 I Was Sentenced To Life In Prison For A Nonviolent Drug Crime

Leon Smallwood-Bey | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Leon Smallwood-Bey

If sentenced today I would face a maximum sentence of 20 years, not a living death sentence. I know that the man I've become today deserves to be in the bands of society, to live as a productive citizen and faithful member of my community.

Michael McLaughlin

Fewer States Execute Death Row Inmates | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.18.2012 | Crime

Convicted killer Michael Hooper's heart stopped beating in an Oklahoma death chamber from lethal injection on Aug. 14. The country's next executions h...

California Voters Decide to Keep Death Penalty That's Rarely Used

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.07.2013 | Crime
Steve Siebold

This debate will go on, but the delusional thinking in the death penalty equation is based on the logic of deterring vicious criminals from killing people. It's not. As I've stated, proponents would love to make this claim but they can't. There are simply too many variables involved to support it.

Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Kill

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.20.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

Most adolescents understand intellectually that to kill another human being is wrong. That is precisely why we condemn it and punish those who commit it. But because of the lesser culpability or blameworthiness of young offenders, the punishment should not be as harsh as it is for adults.

Every Child Deserves a Second Chance

Anthony Barkow | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Anthony Barkow

As a society we can no longer afford to declare youth worthless and sentence them to die in prison without giving them an opportunity to have their sentence reviewed.

Sexual Assault Defendant Requests Life Sentence: "I Don't Know How To Change"

Boulder Daily Camera | John Aguilar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

An 11-year-old boy said his life had been "ruined" by an adult neighbor who sexually assaulted him numerous times at his Longmont apartment two years ...

Play It Again Bernie

Ron Kuby | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Kuby

My bet, based on both experience and a couple of drops of information, is that Madoff has no intention of dying in prison, and has one last scam up the sleeve of his baggy prison jumpsuit.

This Week in Cheating: Madoff Sentenced

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

Bernie Madoff got 150 years in prison, though he told investors it was 175 years... and they each told two investors it was 190 years... and so on and so on and so on...