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Crime > Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Under age of 18 (or 21).

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COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Afghanistan Yes
Albania under 18 : max. 20 years' imprisonment
Argentina ??
Armenia ??
Australia under 18 : must have minimum term set
Austria under 16 : max. 10 years' imprisonment 16\u201317 : max. 15 years' imprisonment 18\u201320 : max. 20 years' imprisonment
Azerbaijan Yes
Belarus Maximum 15 years
Belgium under 12 : never prosecution 12\u201315 : max. detained till the age of 20 16\u201317 : max. 30 years' imprisonment
Belize ??
Bolivia ??
Bosnia and Herzegovina ??
Brazil ??
Bulgaria Maximum 12 years
Canada Yes, but only when tried as adult, with lower parole eligibility date.
Cape Verde ??
Chile 14\u201315 : max. 5 years' imprisonment 16\u201317 : max. 10 years' imprisonment
China Yes
Colombia ??
Costa Rica ??
Croatia No life imprisonment sentence
Cuba Yes
Cyprus ??
Czech Republic 15\u201318 : max. 10 years' imprisonment
Denmark Maximum 16 years
Dominican Republic 13\u201315 : max. 5 years' imprisonment 16\u201317 : max. 8 years' imprisonment
Ecuador ??
Egypt Yes
El Salvador ??
Estonia Maximum length 10 years
Finland under 18 : max. 15 years' imprisonment under 21 : minimum 10 years for parole request
France under 16 : max. 20 years' imprisonment
Germany 10 years
Greece Maximum 20 years
Holy See (Vatican City) No
Honduras ??
Hong Kong Must have minimum term set
Hungary under 18 : max. 15 years' imprisonment
Iceland Maximum 10 years
India Yes
Indonesia ??
Iraq Yes
Ireland ??
Israel Yes
Italy under 16 : max. 20 years' imprisonment
Jamaica ??
Japan Yes
Jordan Yes
Kazakhstan Maximum 20 years
Kiribati ??
Kosovo ??
Kyrgyzstan ??
Laos ??
Latvia ??
Lebanon Yes
Lithuania ??
Macau ??
Malaysia ??
Mexico ??
Morocco Yes
Nepal ??
Netherlands under 12 : never prosecution 12\u201315 : max. 12 months imprisonment 16\u201317 : max. 24 months imprisonment
New Zealand under 18 : must have minimum term set
Nicaragua ??
Nigeria No life imprisonment sentence
North Korea Yes
Norway No life imprisonment sentence, people over age of 15 can be sentenced by normal laws or to child protection
Pakistan ??
Panama ??
Paraguay ??
Peru ??
Poland under 18 : max. 25 years' imprisonment
Portugal ??
Republic of Macedonia Yes
Republic of the Congo ??
Romania Under 18: max. 20 years' imprisonment
Russia under 18 : max. 10 years' imprisonment
Saudi Arabia Yes
Serbia ??
Singapore Prisoner detained at the President's discretion
Slovakia under 14 : no imprisonment 14\u201317 : max. 15 years' imprisonment
Slovenia ??
Somalia Yes
South Africa ??
South Korea Maximum 10 years (for certain violent crimes 20 years)
Spain ??
Sweden under 21 : no life imprisonment
Switzerland under 15 : no imprisonment 15\u201317 : max. 4 years' imprisonment
Syria Yes
Tajikistan Yes
Tunisia Yes
Turkey Maximum 24 years
Turkmenistan Yes
Ukraine Maximum 15 years
United States Yes ( de jure )
Uruguay ??
Uzbekistan Maximum 10 years
Venezuela ??
Vietnam under 16 : max. 14 years' imprisonment 16\u201317 : max. 18 years' imprisonment

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