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Ep. 15 - The Meaning of Life, with Marc Mauer

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The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences


In reaction to a study that found Iowa topped the nation in racial disparity in its prison population, Iowa Governor Chet Culver in April 2008 made history by signing into law the nation’s first piece of legislation to require policy makers to prepare racial impact statements for proposed legislation that affects sentencing, probation, or parole policies. In signing the bill, Gov. Culver noted that “I am committed to making sure government at all levels reflects our shared values of fairness and justice.” In the following months Connecticut and Wisconsin took similar action.

“One in every seven prisoners is serving some type of life sentence.”

– Marc Mauer

Result Votes Percentage
✅ Yes 938,182 64.35%
❌ No 519,731 35.65%

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