Marc Mauer

Winner, Helen L. Buttenweiser Award
Winner, Donald Cressey Award
Winner, Alfred R. Lindesmith Award
Winner, Maud Booth Correctional Services Award
Winner, John Augustus Award
Winner, Margaret Mead Award
Winner, Inside/Out Summit Award

Marc Mauer is the executive director of The Sentencing Project, a national organization based in Washington, DC, that promotes criminal justice reform. He is the author of Race to Incarcerate, the co-editor (with Meda Chesney-Lind) of Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment, and the co-author (with Ashley Nellis) of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences (all published by The New Press). He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

News and Reviews

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 Marc Mauer

Invisible Punishment
The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

Marc Mauer, Meda Chesney-Lind

The Meaning of Life
The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences

Marc Mauer, Ashley Nellis

Race to Incarcerate
A Graphic Retelling

Sabrina Jones, Marc Mauer