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Ashley Nellis

Research analyst, The Sentencing Project

Ashley Nellis, Ph.D., is a research analyst at The Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C. and author of Still Life: America's Increasing Use of Life and Long-Term Sentences.

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Texas should stop spending billions to incarcerate so many people for life

Over-reliance on life and virtual life sentences is not just a Texas problem. The number of people serving life sentences in U.S. prisons is at an all-time high, even as national crime statistics are down substantially from a mid-1990s peak. Nearly 162,000 people are serving life sentences in America. An additional 44,311 individuals are serving virtual life sentences.