A Life Sentence given by a court should mean exactly that – the convicted should be behind bars until the end of their life.

Why is this idea important?

I do not agree with the Death Penalty for many reasons, mainly because of its human rights implications, but also because I believe it is an 'easy way out' for those convicted of the worst crimes (murder, rape etc).

However, if convicted to a life behind bars, we are punishing the guilty to the fullest possible extent. Yes it may cost more to keep people locked up but it would be a much better deterent if life meant life because people would know what they were letting themselves in for and would never have a chance at parole.

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