“In 1996, Alice Marie Johnson was sentenced by a jury to life without parole on non-violent drug conspiracy charges. On Oct. 31, the 62-year-old great-grandmother will have served 21 years behind bars at the Aliceville Correctional Institution in Aliceville, Alabama. But she is just one of 3,278 inmates serving life sentences, without parole, for committing non-violent crimes. Nearly 79 percent of the total prison population serving life sentences were convicted of similar crimes, of which 65 percent are Black (Ciesemier, Kendall, October 23, 2017).”

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Ciersemier, Kendall. Mic. October 23, 2017.