Fact: There are at least 175 inmates serving life without parole (LWOP) for nonviolent crimes in Louisiana. This includes:
- Vincent Cushinello, who is serving LWOP for slashing tires in 2001;
- Anthony Kelly, sentenced to LWOP for possession of 32 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute in 1999, at age 25;
- Fate Vincent Winslow, sentenced to LWOP for acting as a go-between in the sale of two small bags of marijuana, worth $10 in total, to an undercover police officer when he was homeless.
Fact: The 175 inmates will cost the taxpayers of Louisiana nearly $100 million over the span of their incarceration.
Source: Three Recommendations for Sentencing Reform in Louisiana; Reason Foundation