Marc Mauer

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