‘Lifers’ in Iowa prisons leveling off

The number of Iowa prisoners serving life sentences has been rising for decades — aggravating space issues in Iowa’s penitentiaries and racking up costs for things like food and medical care. The number of people serving life sentences in Iowa went from 111 in 1980 to 680 in 2012. This year, that number appears to be holding steady, and officials say they expect to see it decline in the coming years.

Source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Posted on: June 4, 2013

Hearing set on Iowa lifer’s bid for release

Iowa's three most recent governors have granted commutations to inmates sentenced to death or life behind bars fewer than a dozen times in the past 30 years. At the same time, the population of inmates serving life in Iowa prisons without parole has risen dramatically — from 162 inmates in 1983 to 639 today, according to data gathered by the Register.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: March 26, 2013