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Crime Q&A: How many California prison inmates are sentenced to life without parole?

Q: I know there are over 700 people on death row in California. What is the number of people in (prison) for life with no parole?

Jim Strachan, Vacaville

A: The most recent prison census data available online from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are for the prison population as of Dec. 31, 2013.

At that time, the total prison population was 134,339. Of that number, 4,694, or 3.5 percent of the total, were serving sentences of life without possibility of parole. They included 4,500 men and 194 women.

The data also showed 26,775 inmates, or 19.9 percent of the total prison population, were sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Of those, 25,707 were men and 1,068 were women.

A total of 716 people were on California’s death row at the end of 2013: 20 were women and 696 were men.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy