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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

Why do defendants plea to life in prison to avoid the death penalty?

In many states, you effectively wont even be executed and in every state, the execution is years away at best- often decades. Life without parole seems worse. Id choose 10 years followed by execution anyday over rotting in prison for decades. The only thing I can think of is that maybe with a sentence of life, you get more freedoms in gen population prison than on death row.

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The people who do that apparently actually fear death. Obviously a lot of others have figured out that death row is preferable to gen pop if you're going to get 30 or 40 years there. In California under Newsom one would stupid to not wish for death row accommodations.

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  • 1 month ago

    On reason is that it is FAR MORE LIKELY to be released at some point if you are sentenced to life than if you are sentenced to death.

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  • 1 month ago

    Obviously they only do it in states where they could actually get the death penalty.

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  • Cathy
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Many ARE executed. Andy you don't get to choose - a jury or judge decides on what you get in places where there is the death penalty.

    • STEVEN F
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Actually, you DO get to choose to plead guilty with the agreement the DA won't seek the death penalty vs taking your chances at trial where the DA will seek the death penalty.

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  • Kathy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because they do not want to die.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    People are afraid of death. What a surprise!

    • James1 month agoReport

      people are afraid of death in the immediate future- not as much in the distant future

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