Writer for The Marshall Project (@MarshallProj), with book about Texas death penalty forthcoming from @CrownPublishing. Former wedding violinist.

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Maurice Chammah is a staff writer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty, and a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellow in Egypt. He plays the violin and has toured with the band M...

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This corrections leader is opposed to the death penalty because the afterlife may be less punitive than life in prison: "I believe that the penalty of death preemptively sets an offender free."  http://www.concordmonitor.com/Death-penalty-sets-offender-free-16147719  I've never heard that argument before.
Today I learned that just because you're in prison, it doesn't mean you can't get down with some Ancient Aliens  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/03/15/the-conspiracy-theories-you-hear-in-prison?ref=hp-1-112 
There is a movement to focus on prosecutors as the key figures driving these numbers, but don't forget state legislatures. And don't forget the judges who oversee the fate of the 457,000 people in jail who aren't convicted, captured in the big orange slice here.
It is still a common misconception that you could empty prisons by letting go people convicted of low-level, non-violent crimes, but that's not really true.
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