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What Is Life Imprisonment?

When convicted of a crime, the court, whether the judge or jury, has the right to decide the punishment of the convicted individual. The punishment or sentence of an individual is commensurate to the crime committed. There are various forms of punishment, one such form is life imprisonment. Life imprisonment can also be referred to as life sentence or life incarceration.

Life imprisonment is a literal title as it refers to the punishment of spending the rest of the individual’s life in prison. This kind of sentence is usually reserved for individuals who have committed severe crimes. Life imprisonment does not exist in all countries but it does in the United States.

However, it is possible for an individual who has been sentenced to life imprisonment to be subject to parole after a specified number of years. This actually refers to a life sentence wherein an individual may serve 20 to 40 years in prison before getting paroled. This may occur if the individual has demonstrated good behavior. It is also possible that a judge may sentence an individual to several life sentences for various crimes committed, although these life sentences may be served concomitantly. For example, an individual who has been given 3 life sentences of 30 years each, if served concomitantly, stays in prison for only 30 years.

The actual life imprisonment does preclude any possibility of parole. The convicted individual is to stay within the confines of the prison for the rest of his or her life.

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