Crime > Punishment Stats: compare key data on Canada & United States

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STAT Canada United States
Crimes possibly attracting life sentence Various crimes including armed robbery, extortion, and most offenses resulting in death Varies by state
Crimes requiring mandatory sentence High treason, murder, war crimes, and crimes against humanity Varies by state
Has indefinite sentence Yes Yes
Has life imprisonment Yes Yes
Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 Yes, but only when tried as adult, with lower parole eligibility date. Yes ( de jure )
Maximum length of sentence None None
Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 7 years minimum to infinite 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)


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