Study: Mostly African American Inmates Serve Life Sentences in Mississippi

By | May 18, 2017

A new study from the Sentencing Project found that inmates serving life or virtual life (50-plus years) sentences in the United States are predominantly and disproportionately African Americans. Mississippi’s prison system is no exception.

#More than 72 percent of the 2,413 Mississippi inmates serving life sentences are African American, the study shows. Two-thirds of inmates in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections who have been sentenced to life without parole, meaning they will die imprisoned, are African American.

#The study looks at the three types of life sentences: life with the option of parole; life without parole; and “virtual life” where a person is sentenced to 50 or more years. (Jackson Free Press)

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