Back to Back Life Sentences Law and Legal Definition

The term back-to-back life sentences is a “slang for consecutive life terms imposed by a judge when there were two crimes committed by the defendant, both of which can result in punishment of a life term, such as two murders, or a murder and a rape involving aggravated assault.” The purpose of making the sentences subsequent or "back-to-back" and not "concurrent" is to lessen the chance of parole, since if parole were permissible after 25 years, the defendant would then begin the second "life" sentence and would wait another 25 years for a parole hearing.