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Thread #29850   Message #382242
Posted By: Dave Wynn
25-Jan-01 - 12:18 PM
Thread Name: Steve Earle sees a friend killed
Subject: RE: Steve Earle sees a friend killed
Forgive my ignorance but does a life sentence mean life in the USA?. In the UK it can mean anything from life (Hindley / Brady) to 8 years for a crime of passion.

If a life sentence meant life (and definitly no parole) then I would be happy to go along with that , but it doesen't in the UK. It means the person is frequently freed and could possibly repeat the offence. Just how would the second victim's family feel if the killer turned out to be a repeat offender. It doesn't bear thinking about and I for one would not be happy with the bleeding heart moralist who suggested we rehabilitated him / her in the first place.

Make the sentence suit the crime. Life (for ever in prison) or death (if they prefer it).

It's an unhappy subject and I don't think I will post any more to it. I hope my comments have not upset anyone.