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

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STAT South Africa United States
Crimes possibly attracting life sentence ?? Varies by state
Crimes requiring mandatory sentence Certain murder, rape and robbery Varies by state
Has indefinite sentence No Yes
Has life imprisonment Yes Yes
Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 ?? Yes ( de jure )
Maximum length of sentence None None
Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 10, 15, or 25 years 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)

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