The Meaning of Life: Book Signing and Panel


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The Angola Museum is excited to host a book signing and panel with The Meaning of Life co-author Marc Mauer and formerly incarcerated contributor Kerry Myers.

The Meaning of Life Book Signing and Panel
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm
The Angola Museum, 17544 Tunica Trace, Angola, Louisiana
Free and open to the public.

Join us for an afternoon of thoughtful and meaningful discussion about life sentences and their impact on corrections and justice. Mr. Mauer and Mr. Myers will take questions from the audience and sign copies of The Meaning of Life following the panel.

The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences by Marc Mauer and Ashely Nellis is a passionate argument for abolishing life sentences as a meaningful step to addressing mass incarceration. Arguing for a broader sense of justice and rehabilitation, the authors endorse a 20-year sentencing cap. The book also features six profiles of lifers by former Angola lifer Kerry Myers.

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 of Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment, and the co-author of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences.

Kerry Myers is deputy executive director of the Louisiana Parole Project. A former Angola lifer, he was sentenced to life without parole for second-degree murder for which he, the victim’s family, and investigating detective agree he did not commit. He was released in 2016 when his sentence was commuted. In addition to The Meaning of Life, Myers previously edited the Angolite, Angola’s inmate-ran magazine, and has written for the Marshall Project, The Bayou Brief and other local and national outlets.

The Angola Museum strives to preserve the past by facilitating the exhibition of factual historical events, honoring all progress made through corrections, rehabilitation, and criminal justice, and educating the future through contributions to our understanding and dialogue on corrections, criminal justice, and its past through innovative and engaging programming.

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