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[Nov. 11th, 2012|02:27 am]
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Why does a life sentence not always mean that someone will never be released?
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[User Picture]From: erroroperator
2012-11-11 02:33 am (UTC)

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Because they're usually eligible for parole after X amount of years.
[User Picture]From: sarahonlife
2012-11-11 02:45 am (UTC)

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Parole.
[User Picture]From: ntensity
2012-11-11 02:52 am (UTC)

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I don't think it literally means "you go to jail for the rest of your life" - I think it's more like "you go to jail for a life term" which is equal to X amount of years.
[User Picture]From: sicher
2012-11-11 03:17 am (UTC)

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Life terms are a set number of years, generally, not your natural life.
[User Picture]From: lutine
2012-11-11 06:40 am (UTC)

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Because prisons are overcrowded and thus people usually only serve like half or 2/3 of their sentence so long as they don't shank anyone.
[User Picture]From: isis_newton
2012-11-11 11:16 am (UTC)

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I really think they should stop calling it 'a life sentence' because it's misleading.