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Is life without parole cruel and unusual punishment?

  • Yes it is a waste of time and money

    Life without parole is cruel and unusual because it is pretty much killing a person but making them live out their life. If there is a chance that a person is wrongly convicted then they should get life in prison. However, if the case is 100% positive with evidence or a confession then the person should be put to death. We waste too much money keeping these criminals fed and housed.

  • It forces human beings to live a life devoid of any meaning.

    In some cases, death is certainly a more humane alternative to life in prison w/o parole.

    If one has no chance of being set free, then what is the point of living? As a prisoner lives out their life-long sentence, chances are, they will develop some type of mental illnesses (possibly resulting from social isolation and utter hopelessness). If the mental illness becomes severe enough it could cause prolonged suffering prior to the inmate's eventual death.

    In the cases where mental illness is likely to develop within the convict... I believe that death would be the best form of punishment.

  • People can change

    Everyone can change and we all deserve a second chance, let them show the change not throw away the key. Everyone can judge but no one knows someday if your child or family or friend will end up in the same situation. Their is always a story and someone needs to listen and fight for those who can make a difference by changing. The brain is not fully developed until later twenties that has been proven by science so let's step up to the plate and help those who want to be helped not turn our backs and walk away. The prision systems is failing and needs to be changed. Kids are thrown away and left to defend for themseleves and the support system in prisions are not helping. Twenty five and under need not to have the key thrown away with life in prision without parole. I wish and pray that the government and all our politicians would make a difference as you never know if someday someone you know needs your help and support. No one is perfect and everyone has a story.

  • Rehabilitation over Revenge

    In the USA, prison systems are designed to make the offender suffer rather than rehabilitate. They are missing the point. I think it is especially cruel when they sentence teenagers as young as 14 to life without parole. Although the crimes they committed are heinous, but having a person rot in prison for the rest of their life knowing that there is no hope, no possibility of ever getting out is very very cruel and psychologically damaging. Think about it, if you sentence a kid to life without parole, it's unfair and unjust to have them continue rotting in prison 70+ years later. Everyone deserves a second chance, but now it's become almost a one strike and you're out. Absolutely ridiculous. The goal of prison is to rehabilitate the person to reintroduce to society rather than slowly torture and suffocate them for the rest of their lives. I agree with long sentences (i.E. 25-30 years) for heinous crimes, but the impossibility of ever getting out is, without a doubt, 100% cruel and inhumane.

  • Brain isn't fully developed

    Juveniles don't have a fully developed brain. They don't think about the consequences because they never had to before. They always depend on an adult and don't really care. Juveniles usually don't have to take care of themselves so they don't know how. Locking them up for life just doesn't make sense.

  • Freedom is a innate right.

    The purpose of inflicting a punishment is rehabilitation. If so, the impossibility of regaining freedom shall be considered cruel and inhuman. Imprisonment is contrary to human nature, although it's imposition has been considered throughout the world as a need to fight crime, and so as acceptable by the society. Nevertheless - and despite my personal beliefs about the complete failure of the prison system - everyone should regain freedom after serving a period of time - no matter what offence committed - otherwise the person will turn into a object.

  • For Some Crimes

    Life without parole can certainly be cruel and unusual punishment in certain circumstances. Some of those circumstances include sentences for non- violent drug offenders. It is immoral to lock someone in prison for life for possessing a substance the government disfavors, particularly where the crime is mere possession and involves no violence.

  • Yes especially for young offenders.

    In the European Union and many Western countries, life in prison without parole no longer exists as such - 30 years is often deemed to be the maximum an inmate should be condemned to serve. Not only is LIPWP a waste of public funds, but it is at odds with Christian values, where forgiveness is fundamental.

    At any rate, a person that is to serve 20 or 30 years has been deprived of the most productive years of his/her lives, and with respect to older convicts, a 30 year sentence is almost always enough to ensure that they'll die in prison anyway.

    Parole is often used as an incentive for inmates to abide by prison discipline and strive to make their time behind bars as purposeful as possible. Maintaining prison discipline would be nearly impossible when dealing with inmates who have nothing to lose -by the way, in spite of their very severe criminal justice system (with very long prison terms compared to most Western countries), American prisons are notorious for their entrenched gang culture and deep-seated violence.

  • Life in prison without the possibility of parole is definitely cruel

    Mandatory life sentences without parole, especially for young offenders, are cruel and unusual punishment which is unconstitutional, as it ought to be. Many people point to the suffering of a murder victim as justification for this cruelty. But the suffering of murder victims ends when they die. It does not go on and on and on for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or more years. From where these murder victims are -- with God, whose Mercy is always greater than His Justice -- they would never demand of their murderers the endlessly intolerable suffering -- physical, emotional, mental and psychological -- of a lifetime of incarceration without the possibility for parole. They would have the godly compassion, sensitivity, mercy and faith in the innate goodness of human beings not to demand this endless punishment as retribution for a tragic mistake made by a person, especially one who commits a crime at a young age. They would understand that ALL people are capable of conversion and change, that ALL people deserve a second chance. The possibility of parole is not a definite guarantee that parole will be granted. To deny the possibility, however, is cruel and should be criminal, especially in the United States.

  • It ignores medicine and serves no purpose other than to make the offender suffer.

    For example, lets say a person with a psychiatric condition commits a crime, gets convicted, and sentenced. For the sake of argument, if the condition is a primary factor in the crime, and a new treatment is developed and cures or controls the condition, then we are keeping a person in prison because they are unfortunate enough to be sick.

    Why keep a person in prison that wasn't in control of their action when the crime was committed, but due to modern or future science is no longer a threat? Making the person suffer doesn't undo the crime.

    Last, we are looking at this the wrong way. Our justice system should not be trying to punish, or "give offenders what they deserve". It should be trying to deter and prevent crime.

  • We should not kill people for killing someone.

    Most people argue that it's more expensive to give people three meals a day, but studies show that it costs way more to get all the supplies and ingredients etc. for lethal injections than to just keep them in prison for life. Which makes way more since than killing them because they killed someone.

  • Some people cannot be trusted.

    Think about sociopaths,extremely difficult to rehabilitate sociopaths,what if they were to be let out into the real world after being reprimanded? They would cause havoc across the area they live in. People like that shouldn't be allowed freedom. In my opinion, I would rather not have my family murdered by a raging sociopath that our failed judicial system let out of prison because it costs money. If it costs money then execute them. The crimes they committed were heinous enough,and the family deserves closure anyway.

  • Some people cannot be rehabilitated

    Since the death penalty is being pulled back, there has to be a way to punish people for the most heinous crimes and life without parole is the only way. There is a point where you can't rehabilitate someone. They are a danger to society and cannot be let out ever.

  • Life without parole is not cruel and unusual punishment.

    Our technology has came a long way especially with DNA testing; however, nothing is perfect. I don't think it is cruel and unusual punishment. Most of the people who are in prison with life without parole has done something to deserve it according to our system. However, our system is not perfect either. If people would look at when the laws were written and revised, you might be surprised.

    The question everyone needs to ask themselves is if a member of your family was murdered, would you want that person knocking on your front door in 10-20 years? There is a great chance when a person is convicted of murder, if they get out on parole, they have a 64% chance of reoffending again. So why not lock the person up for life instead of putting society/community at risk to suffer at the hands of a violent offender?

  • Not when utilized correctly

    Some people are so truly broken and dangerous to society that it's the only rational decision to make, not cruel and unusual punishment. An overwhelming majority of people wearing this sentence around their neck have done things to earn it, while it obviously isn't an enjoyable life, guess what, it isn't supposed to be.

  • Life without parole is acceptable punishment.

    In our prison system, capital punishment is only done in one state, and not done very often, as it is not accepted by most people. Sentencing them to spend the rest of their life in prison is the only next acceptable way to punish those that commit the most serious of crimes.

  • Not in general, no.

    As long as the prisoner is being treated fairly humanely, life in prison is not cruel and unusual punishment. Some prisoners simply can not be rehabilitated and are too dangerous to rejoin society. Our choice than, is to execute them, which is always morally wrong, or keep them in prison where they can no longer prey on society.


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