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


STAT Norway 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 Yes Yes
Has life imprisonment No Yes
Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 No life imprisonment sentence, people over age of 15 can be sentenced by normal laws or to child protection Yes ( de jure )
Maximum length of sentence 21 years (can be extended indefinitely if the criminal poses a danger to society at the end of served time); 30 years for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity 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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