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The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole, in 3 Charts

1 in 9 American prisoners has been sentenced to die in jail.
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A new report out today from the Sentencing Project reveals that while America's overall prison population is declining, the number of offenders serving life sentences increased 11 percent between 2008 and 2012; the number of people serving life sentences without the possibility of parole increased 22.2 percent in the same time period.

All told, 159,520 offenders are serving life sentences in America, 49,081 of them without the possibility of parole.