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What Is a Life Sentence? - Definition, Length & Statistics

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Which of the following BEST describes a life sentence?

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1. Which of the following crimes might receive a life sentence as a penalty?

2. What did the Bureau of Justice statistics demonstrate about life sentences in 2004?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A life sentence is one of the most severe penalties in our justice system, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of how life sentences are assigned, carried out, and the crimes that can earn one.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Definition of life sentence and parole
  • Crimes that carry life sentences
  • Statistics on life sentences

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related law lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as parole
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding life sentences
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about life sentences

Additional Learning

To learn more review the accompanying lesson called What is a Life Sentence? - Definition, Length & Statistics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the only other sentence more severe than life in prison
  • Understand how life sentences work
  • Learn which crimes can carry a life sentence
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