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Should Life Without Parole sentences be abolished?
Should Life Without Parole sentences be abolished everywhere?
Life in prison is a slow, torturous death.
No less a moral authority than Pope Francis has called LWOP terms of imprisonment "hidden death sentences."
LWOP sentences, however, forever deny the humanity of prisoners, locking them into the worst moments of their lives.
LWOP is a failure because the State is not able to efficiently integrate criminals back into society.
Imprisoned humans must have the possibility of rehabilitation and parole.
Life with parole is often de facto life without parole.
The main problem for those who are facing a conviction is not the fact that they have to life the rest of their life in jail, but the prisons conditions itselves.
It provides justice to survivors of murder victims and allows more resources to be invested into solving other murders and preventing violence.
Life without parole provides swift, severe, and certain punishment.
Life without the possibility of parole is an alternative to capital punishment that both addresses our need for public safety and allows us to redirect precious monies currently being used on capital trials to solving cold cases.
While reviewable life sentences offer little in the way of deterring those who might kill, Life Without Parole sentences are undeniably harsh and its deterrent effect should not be underestimated.
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