Life Imprisonment

Definition - What does Life Imprisonment mean?

Life imprisonment is when a convicted criminal is sentenced to jail for the rest of their life, until they die.

Life imprisonment is an extremely severe sentence, and is thus reserved for the most severe kinds of crimes, such as murder, high treason and human trafficking.

Justipedia explains Life Imprisonment

Often, those with life imprisonments become eligible for parole at some point. This is typically after many years have been served in prison, and often when the person is elderly. If the convicted criminal is released on parole, and further wrongdoing occurs on their part, they can be immediately returned jail to serve out the remainder of their sentence. However, if they successfully make it through parole, then they may be granted freedom afterward.

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