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

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STAT France United States
Crimes possibly attracting life sentence Aggravated murder, aggravated torture, aggravated treason, drug kinping, crimes against humanity, war crimes Varies by state
Crimes requiring mandatory sentence None Varies by state
Has indefinite sentence Yes, but only if decided by court at sentencing Yes
Has life imprisonment Yes Yes
Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 under 16 : max. 20 years' imprisonment Yes ( de jure )
Maximum length of sentence None None
Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 18\u201322 years (30 years or never for very rare cases) 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)

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