jump to last post 1-6 of 6 discussions (6 posts)

Why to sentence a person for 515 years in prison?

  1. m920621m profile image78
    m920621mposted 7 years ago

    Why to sentence a person for 515 years in prison?

    Recently I was listening to news on a radio and I heard that some guy was sentenced for 515 years in prison. Also several years ago Bernard Madoff was sentenced for 150 years in prison. To me those two cases seem to be very weird and illogical, since it's obvious that nobody can live for so long. I wonder what is the point to sentence someone for such a long time? And what happens when they die?

  2. Aeryn profile image60
    Aerynposted 7 years ago

    If I remember correctly it prevents someone that deserves being in jail from working the system to get out early. Say someone doing 20 years could plea down to only doing 7 years and getting out early. But if you have 150 year sentence that 20 years off still isn't going to do you much good.

  3. Mr. Happy profile image81
    Mr. Happyposted 7 years ago

    I'd never trust a maggot like Madoff. That's how he stole over 50 billion. He might live longer than we know, that vermin. 150 is good for him!

  4. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    usually sentences like this are about appeasing the people harmed. if a person is convicted of multiple crimes, the justice system sentences them for each crime so by adding up the different sentences you come up with these high numbers.

  5. porcupine73 profile image61
    porcupine73posted 7 years ago

    Yes I think one of the reasons is so that if the sentence gets reduced for good behavior or any of another host of reasons, the person still does life in prison.

    Or it might be if convicted on multiple charges, for example say 10 charges of 50 years in prison each, the sentences might then be issued 'to be served continuously', so that equals 500 years.

  6. Ramsa1 profile image62
    Ramsa1posted 6 years ago

    Such long sentences are meted out to put on a show and to appease the ignorant masses.