Life without Parole: Americas New Death Penalty?

Why America's Penalty for Murder Should Affirm Life through Imprisonment without Parole
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A must-read for all who want to understand the dark underside of twenty-first century democracy in a country where ever more citizens are condemned to a vast penal complex that redefines death as it expands criminality. It should stimulate debate over the severity of life without parole sentencing, demanding that we not regard it as an automatic alternative to the death penalty, and that we scrutinize each sentence for consistency with American ideals of fairness and compassion. LWOP is embraced without scrutiny by abolitionists who assume that anything is better than execution.

It is enshrined as a prosecutorial consolation prize when cases meet the technical standards for 'capital' murder but defendants lack blameworthiness.

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The unqualified condemnation of LWOP comes from a crazy displacement of distrust that puts extra suffering on offenders because citizens dont trust those who govern. Fighting capital punishment must be a central concern in the United States. But threats to human rights rarely develop one at a time, so injustice must be fought on multiple fields of engagement. This is a cause for celebration.

But we should think carefully about what we have largely replaced death row with: life row. More than 50, prisoners are serving life without parole in America today — an all-time high. According to a study by the Sentencing Project, most were convicted of murder. Even if they are guilty, they will not have the chance to argue against sentences that offer them no possibility of release or rehabilitation.

Indeed, many thousands were convicted of nonviolent crimes, such as property offenses or drug offenses, and many were convicted of sexual assault, robbery or kidnapping. Worse still, for most lifers, no lawyers will be carefully examining the facts of their cases.

Consider the story of Joseph Sledge. He was sentenced to two life sentences in for two murders in North Carolina. The only problem?

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He was innocent. The evidence against Sledge was thin. Two jailhouse informants testified that he had confessed to the murders in detail. They denied they had been promised anything in return for their account.