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--The terminal nature of both sentences that necessitates death in prison.
--The extreme racial disparities among those who receive either of these sentences.
--The article also discusses critical problems posed by life without parole sentences, including:
--The mandatory nature with which they can be imposed;
--The lack of heightened legal review required for life without parole cases in comparison to death sentences.
Finally, Dr. Nellis encourages careful consideration in promoting life without parole as an alternative to the death penalty, arguing that neither of these sentences allows for the possibility of reform or redemption."