17 August 2009

Lifer Pardons In Iowa

Iowa's three most recent governors have commuted life sentences only nine times in 26 years. At the same time, the population of lifers in Iowa's prison system has risen dramatically, from 162 inmates in 1983 to 617 today. . . . Throughout the United States, more than 140,000 individuals are incarcerated with life sentences[.]

From here.

In Iowa, life and life without possibility of parole are essentially synonymous.

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