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Is a life sentence fair as opposed to a definite time length (say 50 years)?

Asked by: Bannanawamajama
  • Life sentence is better for society.

    Firstly, saying that life sentence gives an unequal punishment is quite illogical cause unequal punishment is present in both the cases. If a 60 year old person is given a punishment of let's consider 50 years and he dies at the age of 63 in jail while on the other hand a 20 year old person given a punishment of 50 years and he dies at the age of 70 after completing his time in jail then the question of unequal punishment would still remain unanswered. Secondly, you can't be sure whether a person would stop committing crimes or not. For example if you release him believing that he wouldn't commit crime but he still se does then you would be accountable for any crimes committed by him.
    What I believe is a person who has already committed a crime in his life shows that he is capable of committing a crime and he would be able to break laws and spending a definite time length in jail. Such should always be in police custody as he has committed crime once and surely he can after his imprisonment. By releasing these people which are harmful to the society you are actually considering the life of a single person and putting the whole society at stake. If a person commits a crime after being released from jail you have broken people's trust on police cause people regard them as the savior of the society and you have let a person commit a crime after you have already caught him......

  • Why let a murderer go free,

    While the victim can never return nor can the family and friends have that person back. You affect several lives with the crime of murder and that's why it's a narcissistic act--if not a heat of passion or insane act(about as selfish as one can get--you see others as not only less important than you; but also, as subhuman and expendable in comparison with you and what you deem is pleasurable and important). One spending his/her life in prison is not cruel when it is punishment for narcissistic murder and that punishment is not exactly an eye for eye as they say. The death penalty(a harsher punishment than life) is not even an eye for eye. So, how could life without parole be cruel if justice is supposed to be meted out at what is thought of in a "near" eye for eye rate? If you kill someone, then you should expect LIFE behind bars or the death penalty.

    On the God issue: God's laws ultimately have more to do with pleasing God and going to heaven when you die. If you murder someone or people, then God will punish you and you can ask for forgiveness. I don't think that God's laws deliver an ultimate punishment until hell at the very end. Meanwhile, man's laws deal more with the time in between. If a murderer is let loose again, how can you ensure that he will not kill again? Murderers are in many instances master conmen/women and how do you trust a pathological liar and sociopath? Are you willing to wager/risk someone else's life up that the murderer that has been free before(already had his/her chance) will turn it around? Here's a better question: how much money would you wager that a killer would not do it again? Another person's life is too much to risk(in case you are wrong) that that person might be able to return into society and he/she does not deserve it anyway.

    I BELIEVE THAT EVEN ONE LIFE IS TOO MUCH TO WAGER THAT HE/SHE CAN MAKE A CHANGE. FORGIVENESS DOESN'T FORBID A PERSON FROM BEING PUNISHED OR SEQUESTERED--ONLY THAT YOU HOPE THE BEST FOR THAT PERSON GOING FORWARD WHILE HE/SHE IS RECEIVING A VERY JUST PUNISHMENT FOR MURDER AND THAT YOU DON'T HATE(MOVED ON FROM ACTUAL IRE OR DIGUST OF THE PERSON) THAT PERSON ANYMORE.

  • Why let a murderer go free,

    While the victim can never return nor can the family and friends have that person back? You affect several lives with the crime of murder and that's why it's a narcissistic act--if not a heat of passion or insane act(about as selfish as one can get--you see others as not only less important than you; but also, as subhuman and expendable in comparison with you and what you deem is pleasurable and important). One spending his/her life in prison is not cruel when it is punishment for narcissistic murder and that punishment is not exactly an eye for eye as they say. The death penalty(a harsher punishment than life) is not even an eye for eye. So, how could life without parole be cruel if justice is supposed to be meted out at what is thought of in a "near" eye for eye rate? If you kill someone, then you should expect LIFE behind bars or the death penalty.

    On the God issue: God's laws ultimately have more to do with pleasing God and going to heaven when you die. If you murder someone or people, then God will punish you and you can ask for forgiveness. I don't think that God's laws deliver an ultimate punishment until hell at the very end. Meanwhile, man's laws deal more with the time in between. If a murderer is let loose again, how can you ensure that he will not kill again? Murderers are in many instances master conmen/women and how do you trust a pathological liar and sociopath? Are you willing to wager/risk someone else's life up that the murderer that has been free before(already had his/her chance) will turn it around? Here's a better question: how much money would you wager that a killer would not do it again? Another person's life is too much to risk(in case you are wrong) that that person might be able to return into society and he/she does not deserve it anyway.

    I BELIEVE THAT EVEN ONE LIFE IS TOO MUCH TO WAGER THAT HE/SHE CAN MAKE A CHANGE. FORGIVENESS DOESN'T FORBID A PERSON FROM BEING PUNISHED OR SEQUESTERED--ONLY THAT YOU HOPE THE BEST FOR THAT PERSON GOING FORWARD WHILE HE/SHE IS RECEIVING A VERY JUST PUNISHMENT FOR MURDER AND THAT YOU DON'T HATE(MOVED ON FROM ACTUAL IRE OR DIGUST OF THE PERSON) THAT PERSON ANYMORE.

  • That's kinda what a life sentence is.

    Being sentenced to life in prison often doesn't mean that you literally spend the rest of your life in prison. It just means that if you don't make parole you'll die in prison. Most crimes have a minimum and maximum sentence. For crimes where the max is life the sentence will often be something like "15 years to life" which means that a person is eligible for parole in 15 years even if they're sentenced to life in prison.

    If you're sentenced to life and are not eligible for parole chances are you committed a crime worth that sentence.

  • Very fair if used properly.

    A life sentence ensures that a person that is unfit to live in our modern society never ever sees the light of day again. Life sentences also means justice for certain people who lost loved ones in a malicious way, (he takes away a life and his life is taken away w/o having to kill him.) It's a much better alternative to the death penalty for some of our more violent members of society.

  • It gives unequal punishment and deprives reason for change.

    I think giving someone an indefinite sentence for a crime is not fair because two people accused of the same thing are automatically given different sentences based on their age. A 60 year old man given life in prison is certainly better off than a 22 year old man, not only is the latter losing out on the prime of his life, he is likely going to have 40 years longer an extension of a sentence for the same crime. Now obviously for some cases the intention is just to keep someone out of society because they are a danger, but you can still say 50 years and assure that if and when they get out they won't really be a threat anymore. If you don't think its possible to change them, then they are mentally ill and should be in a Sanitarium. Also, people with life in prison have no more fear of consequences because they can't be given any worse punishment. In prisons, they are free to break rules and continue to terrorize other prisoners because they worst that could happen is not getting parole, which isn't happening anyways.

  • No its not

    Life without parole should be a very, very rare thing to hand out. To not forgive someone for their entire life and never give them the chance to redeem themselves in unjust and I humane, it is like playing God. But even god does not condemn people for the rest of their lives.

  • Well, it was quite persuasive.

    Life imprisonment is unfair and shouldn't be done unless there are solid proof against a person charged guilty of a comparatively brutal crime. The fact of people having variable ages must be kept in mind and there should be reforms to fix punishments for different, common crimes rather than just having the higher penalties.


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