life imprisonment

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life imprisonment

a sentence of incarceration for a lengthy time. In some states ‘life’ may mean ‘whole life.’ Mostly there are provisions for a minimum term or for parole or for pardon or some combination. In the UK the sentencing judge will specify the time to be served without parole and there have been some ‘whole life’ cases. If released on parole the prisoner is on licence and maybe recalled to serve the rest of the sentence if there is further offending.
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that his sentence functions as a de facto life without parole sentence.
that only permanently incorrigible juveniles can be sentenced to life without parole," said Jacob Howard, a lawyer for the MacArthur Justice Center who represents Chandler.
The James court also found that a trial court is required to make an explicit finding that a juvenile is "irreparably corrupt" or "permanently incorrigible" before it can sentence him to life without parole. The question for the sentencing court becomes: Is this offender the "rarest" of juveniles who shows permanent incorrigibility?
Rather than suffering physical death, young homicide defendants face "civil death" when the state commits them to life without parole for crimes of "irreparable corruption." (100)
Constitutionality of Indiana's Life Without Parole Statute
Leigey is a thought-provoking and challenging book that will generate debates, controversy and disagreements about the issue of imposing life without parole (LWOP), meaning a natural death sentence or death by incarceration.
* The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University surveyed residents of Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, which has executed more inmates than any county in the country It found that 28 percent of respondents "say they now prefer the death penalty to life without parole as punishment for first-degree murder," according to the Death Penalty Information Center report.
She said: "In 26 states in America they have a law which means if a person commits three of these crimes, they are sentenced to 25 years to life without parole. Any criminal has rights, but victims have rights too."
I would also note that Oregon has never set someone free who is in prison for life without parole, and in fact these people are not even under the jurisdiction of the parole board.
These sentences reflect - and reinforce - racial disparities in society as well, where white juvenile offenders with African-American victims are only about half as likely to receive a juvenile life without parole sentence as their proportion of arrests for killing an African-American.