Life Without Possibility of Parole Law and Legal Definition

Life without possibility of parole is a sentence sometimes given for especially dangerous criminals in murder cases or to repeat felons. The sentence may be given in lieu of the death penalty if the law of the state doesn't provide for the death penalty or the judge or jury declines to impose the death penalty.

Opponents of capital punishment are often in favor of life without possibility of parole because the person can't endanger the public again. Critics of life without possibilityof parole argue that the sentence doesn't allow for the rehabilitation of the person, who then has no incentive to improve their character.