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

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STAT New Zealand United States
Crimes possibly attracting life sentence Murder (mandatory unless manifestly unjust) manslaughter , certain drug related Varies by state
Crimes requiring mandatory sentence Treason Varies by state
Has indefinite sentence Yes Yes
Has life imprisonment Yes Yes
Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 under 18 : must have minimum term set Yes ( de jure )
Maximum length of sentence None None
Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 10 years, 17 years, 20 years, 30 years or never; individually set by judge 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)


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