Prison Inmate Issues

Average Prison Sentence Per Offense

The one thing that is consistent about US prison sentences is their inconsistency. Each state sets its own rules to use for each criminal offense. The more serious crimes, called felonies, are typically given longer sentences, while less serious crimes, called misdemeanors have shorter sentences.

Taking a life — A premeditated murder can result in a life sentence in most states. Life typically means the inmate must spend a… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

Does a life sentence always last a whole life?

It surprises people to discover that a life sentence does not always mean the offender will spend the rest of his days in a prison. Often times, a life sentence means you will have to serve a lot of time, but at some point, you will be eligible to apply for parole.

Each state determines how its life sentences will be structured. For example, Tennessee life sentences typically mean… Read more