LWOP [life without parole], more than any other form of incarceration, imposes a permanent disruption on the marginal and minority communities. It permanently hardens the psychological degradation of distressed minority communities by conveying the message that offenders from these communities are distinctly irredeemable: they must be locked up forever because they could never change.
Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? Ed. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat