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Life Sentence
Life sentence

Life sentences have always been utilized in the United States. They are the most severe prison sentences possible, and in the 15 U.S. states without the death penalty, a life sentence is the most severe punishment a convicted defendant can receive. Beginning in the 1970s, the number of inmates serving life sentences in the United States increased dramatically. The increased use of life sentences has been met with support by some, but also with contention by those who oppose their use.

Types of Life Sentences

There are two broad types of life sentences: life with the possibility of parole and life without the possibility of parole. The former means an inmate can be paroled at some point in the future. Typically, after serving a ...

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