Originally Posted by Nuked
Not all murders are a life sentence. 25 is the fewest you can get in the US for 1st/2nd degree murder. In France 20 is the most you can get. I prefer murderers being locked away.
Something to also keep in mind is that just because someone gets a life sentence in the U.S., doesn't mean they actually serve it. Standard thinking being that it just isn't worth it to continue keeping some guy in his 60's - 70's behind bars (particularly with the overcrowding in U.S. Prisons). To an extent, it's why the majority of death penalty sentences become life sentences - it's more expensive to execute a guy (what with all the appeals, etc.).
I prefer a system that works. France has both a lower recidivism rate and murder rate than the U.S. Insofar as actually mitigating crime goes, the U.S. system sucks pretty hard.