It is welcome news that the death penalty is moving closer and closer to the exit door. But as it does, we should take note of a disturbing trend — more and more life without the possibility of parole sentences (LWOP).
Today, over 40,000 prisoners serve this sentence, which assures that the only way you leave prison is in a body bag. The number of prisoners serving LWOP continues to grow sharply each year. Back in 1992, only 12,453 prisoners served this harsh sentence.