2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!
The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:
- Reviewing the application guide,
- Reviewing sponsor preferences, and
- Signing up for a free application tips webinar.
Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.
Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds
By Deborah Bach | UW Today
Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.
And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.
Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.
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