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commute a sentence

v. see commutation.

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BuCor said the grant of colonist status to Go did not carry with it the automatic commutation of his sentence from the indivisible penalty of reclusion perpetua to 30 years because only the President has the power to commute a sentence.
I disagree because: 1) some crimes and criminals are so heinous that death is the only just and appropriate sentence; 2) violent criminals can and do commit violent crimes in prison, including murder, against both other inmates and guards; 3) violent criminals sometimes escape and kill again (as recently happened in another state); 4) most states, including California, permit a governor to commute a sentence of life without parole to life with parole.