More Wacky Headlines
From today's NY Times
To More Inmates, Life Term Means Dying Behind Bars
Um, what's it supposed to mean?
If judges and prosecutors didn't intend to put them away forever, why did they give them life???
Just a few decades ago, a life sentence was often a misnomer, a way to suggest harsh punishment but deliver only 10 to 20 years.
But now, driven by tougher laws and political pressure on governors and parole boards, thousands of lifers are going into prisons each year, and in many states only a few are ever coming out, even in cases where judges and prosecutors did not intend to put them away forever.