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


STAT Germany United States
Crimes possibly attracting life sentence See details Varies by state
Crimes requiring mandatory sentence Aggravated murder, genocide resulting in death, crimes against humanity resulting in death, war crimes against persons resulting in death Varies by state
Has indefinite sentence No Yes
Has life imprisonment Yes Yes
Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 10 years Yes ( de jure )
Maximum length of sentence None None
Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 15 years 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)