‘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