Ashley Nellis

Ashley Nellis is a senior research analyst for The Sentencing Project who has written extensively on the prevalence of life sentences in the United States. The co-author, with Marc Mauer, of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences (The New Press), she lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Kirkus Reviews

“[C]onvincingly and meticulously researched. . . . Mauer and Nellis not only build a compelling argument for ending life imprisonment; they also provide strategic public-policy groundwork for enacting a maximum 20-year sentence. . . .

Publishers Weekly

A “trenchant and urgent book.”


Vox’s German Lopez draws on THE MEANING OF LIFE data to promote the case for capping life sentences at 20 years

NPR’s Weekend

Co-author Ashley Nellis speaks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about abolishing life sentences for juveniles


Books by Ashley Nellis

The Meaning of Life
The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences

Marc Mauer, Ashley Nellis