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

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STAT Costa Rica United States
Crimes possibly attracting life sentence No life imprisonment sentence Varies by state
Crimes requiring mandatory sentence No life imprisonment sentence Varies by state
Has indefinite sentence No Yes
Has life imprisonment No Yes
Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 ?? Yes ( de jure )
Maximum length of sentence 50 years None
Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole Varies, depending on sentence 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)

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