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Why are people sentenced to prison for terms longer than life?

Just to expand on what others have answered: It's important that each crime is also given its own sentence as it's possible that prisoners can be cleared of crimes if new evidence is found. This could ...
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Do US presidential pardons include the cancellation of financial punishments?

Yes Presidential pardons only deal with breaches of Federal law. So, if the punishment is a fine then that penalty is waived. However, if the fine is punishment for breach of state law, the pardon ...
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Can punishments be weakened if evidence was collected illegally?

united-states Under U.S. law, illegally obtained evidence cannot be used to convict someone of a crime, but if they are convicted anyway, it has no impact on the punishment imposed.
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Are there any provisions for economic inequality in legal punishments?

Under German law, if you are sentenced to a fine because you committed a crime, that fine is measured in Tagessätze (day fine). One day worth of fines is the 30th part of your monthly income, adjusted ...
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Why are people sentenced to prison for terms longer than life?

In this case, it was a life sentence for the crime of rape and he got 30 life sentences because he committed 30 rapes, and is sentenced separately for each. Any time you see something talking about ...
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Why are people sentenced to prison for terms longer than life?

Summary It tends to happen when someone is found guilty of multiple crimes. Sentences involving multiple convictions can be either concurrent or cumulative. Often, the law the defendant broke will ...
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Can I be subjected to physical punishment by the police in the US as long as it is outside criminal proceeding?

No. Police are not permitted to impose any punishment whatsoever. Their role in the American justice system is to prevent and investigate criminal offenses. What you're describing is a punishment for ...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

A cease and desist letter is basically a formal way of them saying, "stop what you are doing, and please don't do it again." It is not proof of tortious conduct by you, nor is it proof of ...
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Can punishments be weakened if evidence was collected illegally?

united-states The premise that covid contact-tracing data can by law only be used for identifying possible covid carriers is unsupported, see this. HIPAA limits how medical information can be ...
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Life in prison is already long enough, why add 30 years?

Syed was convicted of two crimes: first-degree murder and kidnapping. In many American court systems, including civilian criminal courts in the state of Maryland, convicts receive a sentence for each ...
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Do US presidential pardons include the cancellation of financial punishments?

According to the DoJ, A commutation may include remission (release) of the financial obligations that are imposed as part of a sentence, such as payment of a fine or restitution. A remission applies ...
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Are there any provisions for economic inequality in legal punishments?

Economic inequality isn't explicitly considered in criminal sentencing in the United States, which is why it doesn't really have a name with which I am familiar. The global circumstances of the ...
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Why don't prisoners go through rigorous life transforming training in prisons?

The purposes of criminal justice include (this list is based on the Sentencing Act 1991 in Victoria): Deterrence Rehabilitation of offenders Denunciation ('this behaviour is wrong') (Retribution can ...
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Are there any provisions for economic inequality in legal punishments?

In the U.S., fines may be reduced by a judge if the defendant is indigent and there exists several alternative means of prison so offenders can be released to work and return to jail for their non-...
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Is escaping prison a crime?

Chapter 26 section 7 of the Swedish Penal Code points to a possible consequence of prison escape: If the sentenced person seriously violates the conditions for the serving of the ...
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Are Indian police allowed by law to slap citizens?

The legal hook is reported to be §129 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which authorizes use of force to disperse an illegal assembly, which this sort of is. No statute that I can find states that ...
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Can punishments be weakened if evidence was collected illegally?

united-states The question as asked skips several steps between charges being brought against a defendant and a sentence being imposed. Any evidence that is found to have been obtained illegally will ...
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Can a judge make the plaintiff pay defender's legal costs?

Yes. A federal court may impose sanctions for any filing that violates Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which imposes the following requirements on every filing: (1) it is not being ...
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Is stealing a key equivalent to stealing whatever it unlocks?

Although I don't think there's a general principle that stealing a key is equivalent to stealing what it unlocks, some jurisdictions may certainly have laws that punish the theft of a key more ...
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Is there a legal system or theory where punishment is proportional to the probability of an offence?

A series of answers were proposed to similar questions in the world building forum. https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/29880/how-could-a-legal-system-whose-punishments-were-based-off-...
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Is it commonly legal to permit life-sentenced mass murderers to procreate?

In the US, only a few states allow conjugal visits by prisoners: California, Connecticut, New York and Washington. Details of implementation for Washington are here (it is called "Extended Family ...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

I'm not going to risk being charged with harassment, involuntarily committed (can they do that if I'm not a danger to myself/others?) or any other serious consequences. That's not even a worry. But ...
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Do public schools have the authority to fine parents money for being late?

I found a number of news stories and official documents about public schools with such policies including: "Parents face more fines and rules if their children miss too much school" from ...
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Is there a legal system or theory where punishment is proportional to the probability of an offence?

Interesting question. We know from cases involving twins that even when you know for a fact one of two people committed a crime (say, because of highly incriminating DNA evidence), both twins will be ...
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Why are people sentenced to prison for terms longer than life?

Medical life extension, ie treatments for common age-related causes of death, is increasing at a surprisingly fast pace, and life expectancy is only increasing. An 18 year old now might possibly live ...
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Are Parent-to-Child death threats legal exceptions?

“I’m going to kill you” is not a threat Or at least, not necessarily. A criminal threat is more than words - it must encompass the intent to carry out the threat. Except in wholly exceptional ...
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Are there any provisions for economic inequality in legal punishments?

Sentencing someone to prison serves three purposes: To punish the person for their offense To deter others from committing that offense in the future To protect society from that person committing ...
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What if a child dies in school detention?

In the US, detention does not add anything: we can generalize the principle to any time when a student is in the custody of the teacher (classroom, field-trip, sporting event...). One question, for ...
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Significance of "up to 364 days"

There is a note attached to the relevant section of the Revised Code of Washington. It used to be "not more than one year", but in 2011, Substitute Senate Bill 5168 changed this and many ...
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Is there a legal system or theory where punishment is proportional to the probability of an offence?

No legal systems (officially) compute punishment based on strength of evidence for conviction. The reason is simple: justice is a relationship between an act and its consequences, not a relationship ...
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