This report was written by Ashley Nellis, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst, and Breanna Bishop, Communications Associate, at The Sentencing Project. Skye Liston, Research Fellow at The Sentencing Project contributed to the editing of this report and development of video components.
We are deeply grateful for the stories of released lifers that make up the foundation of this research. In particular, Andrew Hundley, Ralph Brazel, Michael Mendoza, Joyce Granger, Louis Gibson, John Pace, Jacob Brevard, and Zerious Meadows have shared their stories with us. Impacted persons’ participation illustrates the potential for personal reformation as well as the harms done by long-term imprisonment.