Death by Incarceration: Abolitionists at UN Call for End to “The Other Death Penalty”

Tag 24, 10/29/23: “Geneva, Switzerland – The United Nations often focuses on capital punishment when assessing countries’ human rights records, but this year’s Human Rights Committee review of the US shone a light on ‘the other death penalty’ – death by incarceration.

Death by incarceration (DBI) refers to extreme sentencing practices, including life without parole, life with parole, ‘virtual life’ sentences that exceed life expectancy, and other lengthy and indeterminate sentences.

Typically viewed as an alternative to executions, these punitive measures are just another form of death sentence, advocates argued during the recently concluded United Nations Human Rights Committee review of the US.”

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