What's a life sentence??

What's a life sentence??

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News Flash

Red Jacket, WV

#1 Jul 20, 2008
If someone gets sentenced to 999 years will they ever be able to come up for parole??
Bump da Bump

Lexington, KY

#2 Jul 20, 2008
News Flash wrote:
If someone gets sentenced to 999 years will they ever be able to come up for parole??
Ha. That's a big hells nah. But it's impossible for someone in this state to be sentenced to anything close to 999 years. The max sentence (in years) for the state of Kentucky is a 25 years sentence to Life. Even a "life" sentence is 25 years it just depends if the sentence includes with or without parole attached to it.
gman

London, KY

#3 Jul 20, 2008
what if they got a life sentence and had to do 12 years before they go to the parole board. if they were denied parole then how much longer would they have to serve on a life sentence. thanks in advance
News Flash

Red Jacket, WV

#4 Jul 20, 2008
so if someone get life without parole thats when the put the sentence to 999 yrs?? Someone with life with parole the sentence would be 25 years?? I'm confused lol??
Huzzah

Manchester, KY

#5 Jul 20, 2008
wiki

There are many states where a convict can be released on parole after a decade or more has passed. For example, sentences of "15 years to life" or "25 years to life" may be given; this is called an "indeterminate life sentence", while a sentence of "life without the possibility of parole" is called a "determinate life sentence". Even when a sentence specifically denies the possibility of parole, government officials may have the power to grant amnesty or reprieves, or commute a sentence to time served. Under the federal criminal code, however, with respect to offenses committed after December 1, 1987, parole has been abolished for all sentences handed down by the federal system, including life sentences, so a life sentence from a federal court will result in imprisonment for the life of the defendant, unless a pardon or reprieve is granted by the President.

[edit] Three Strikes Law

Further information: three-strikes law

Under some "three-strikes laws", a broad range of crimes, ranging from petty theft to murder, can serve as the triggering crime for a mandatory or discretionary life sentence in California. Notably, the U.S. Supreme Court on several occasions has upheld lengthy sentences for petty theft including life with the possibility of parole and 50 years to life, stating that neither sentence conflicted with the ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[5]
Seriadh

London, KY

#6 Jul 20, 2008
Bump da Bump wrote:
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Ha. That's a big hells nah. But it's impossible for someone in this state to be sentenced to anything close to 999 years. The max sentence (in years) for the state of Kentucky is a 25 years sentence to Life. Even a "life" sentence is 25 years it just depends if the sentence includes with or without parole attached to it.
Sorry to have to disagree, but I personally know of one that's currently serving time that has 20yrs for one charge and 350yrs for another.
protect our rights

Dahlonega, GA

#7 Jul 21, 2008
a state year is 7 months and 22 days.so a sentence is roughly one half plus time off for good behavior and getting an education.they give 6 months for every level of education, starting with a ged.so if you get a 25 year sentence,you start with about 17, give or take,then you take off about 2 for good behavior,and then if you really want outa there,you take your ged,then 4 years of college courses,you take off 2.5 years for that,and you have 12.5 years.so,in 12.5 years a smart convict gets a free education that kids out here have to pay 20,000 for.i hope this helps.
protect our rights

Dahlonega, GA

#8 Jul 21, 2008
News Flash wrote:
If someone gets sentenced to 999 years will they ever be able to come up for parole??
NO
gman

London, KY

#9 Jul 21, 2008
20,000 for a college degree. Sorry, but your figures are way to low. I would hate to try and pay for a degree now. way to expensive and where do they think these kids are going to get the jobs required to pay that back. It's all a racket most kids spend a lifetime trying to pay for that so called college education that cost them about 120-200k. and thats sad. already in debt and just now getting a job. Hate to see the cost of a new house when they graduate.
Ray

North Ridgeville, OH

#10 Jul 21, 2008
Life sentence is a miminal of 25 years. If the person is sentence to Life with the possibilty of parole then in 25 years they may go before a poral board and they may concider parole. Does not mean that they will get out. They reveiw how you have served your sentence and if they feel they have been rehabilitated. If you get life with out the possibilty of parole then they will stay in prison the rest of their life. The worst sentence you can get is life with the death penalty.

“GUNZMITH”

Since: Jan 08

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#11 Jul 22, 2008
being born in clay county is a life sentence
deborah

San Diego, CA

#12 Aug 10, 2008
so if someone gets a 15 to life sentence with the possibility of parole how much time is required?
News Flash

Red Jacket, WV

#13 Aug 10, 2008
deborah wrote:
so if someone gets a 15 to life sentence with the possibility of parole how much time is required?
All I really know is if its a violent crime you've got to do 85%...
Tring To Help

Dawson, GA

#14 Aug 15, 2008
As of July 1,2008 a state year went from 7 months and 21 days to 5 months and 21 days. (If you are on work release)It has to do with the jails being over booked and taxes ect. And you do have to do 85% on violent crimes. If you are out on house arrest and get caught for p.v. the time you have done on house arrest counts as days served once you start serving your time for p.v. Anyways, a lot of laws changed July 1st in the state of Kentucky. About life sentences in most states life means life. You never get the chance of parole. In the commonwealth states things are different.
Tring To Help

Dawson, GA

#15 Aug 15, 2008
After you get your state number you have 180 days to go up in front of the parole board and then you can go up every 12 months after that. That does not mean that you will shock out. And every class that you can take like getting a G.E.D. and S.A.P. and things make it better for when you go in front of the parole board. The board also takes into consideration your past record. And if you will be a productive citizen to the community if you are released on parole. It is nerve racking for the inmate to talk but that is the most important thing. To answer the questions and to be confident. For whatever reason you are wondering this.I hope I helped and best of luck to anyone going up in front of the parole board.
cherriechristian

Mayfield, KY

#16 Oct 7, 2008
Let me inform you of our GREAT Parole Board. If you have a life sentence in Kentucky, yes you are suppose to be considered for parole in 12/25 years. Most juries think you will get out in 25 years because its 25 to life. Well, let me tell you at GRCC, and around other Ky institutions the parole board is NOT giving ANYONE a chance at freedom. They are telling them way ahead of time 14 yrs 16 years that they are to serve out. Doesn't matter how many programs your in, nor how good your conduct has been. You are in for life. There's nothing more confusing that to have a jury of twelve tell you that you may get out in 25 years, only to have a panel of 6, shut down your hopes and dreams of ever being with your family again.
the definition

Germany

#18 Nov 25, 2008
A Life Sentence = Heaven for a gay man
Melissa

Anderson, SC

#19 Nov 28, 2009
Hey You seem very educated to me. Can you work with me to answer a few questions. I have a family member who has served 25years and was recently denied parole and given 8 more years to serve. He has all the things you mentioned...good behavior... college...etc... still didn't get any time off....WHAT if anything can Our famly do????
My email: [email protected]
David

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Feb 23, 2010
For information on parole eligibility for inmates serving time for violations of Kentucky Law, I would direct you to the state codes themselves. The parole guidelines have changed greatly over the last 30 years. Current guidelines are as follows:

For life sentences:
1) life without parole (added in 1998)
2) life w/ parole eligibility after 25 years
3) life w/ parole eligibility after 20 years (on or after July 15, 1998)
4) life w/ parole eligibility after 12 years (on or after July 15, 1986 until July 15, 1998)
5) life w/ parole eligibility after 10 years (for persistent felony offender after Dec. 3, 1980)
6) life w/ parole eligibility after 8 years (on or after Dec. 3, 1980 until July 15, 1986)
7) life with parole eligibility after 6 years
(before Dec. 3, 1980)

For serious and violent crimes committed on or after July 15, 1986 until July 15, 1998:
1) 50% of the sentence received or 12 years, whichever is less.

For serious and violent crimes committed on or after July 15, 1998:
1) 85% of the sentence received or 20 years, whichever is less.

For all other sentences after July 15, 1986:
1) 20% of the sentence received.

This is merely an overview and does not touch on every detail of this topic, but I hope this helps to give you an idea of the status of parole.

As far as good behavior, when serving a life sentence, credits generally will have little impact as there is no maximum date which can be reduced. Of course, good behavior helps to show the parole board that you are better prepared for life outside the cage, but it does not necessarily reduce your sentence. I get the feeling that the parole board is afraid of losing it's power to the federal sentencing scheme being incarnated into the state system (i.e. no parole), so they are trying to be tougher on certain offenders to show they are more effective and a worthy part of the state's budget.

Source: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/501/001/030.ht...
Somebody that knows

Birmingham, AL

#21 Mar 4, 2010
just what it says life in jail

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