Life imprisonment around the world

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Summary by country

Jurisdiction (link to details) Life imprisonment Minimum to serve before eligibility for requesting parole Maximum length of sentence (under life) Indefinite sentence (excl. preventive or psychiatric detainment) Mandatory sentence Possible other sentence Young offenders Pardon, amnesty, other release Death penalty
 Burgundie No N/A N/A N/A N/A Lesser sentences, rehabilitive justice, penal battalion for uniformed personnel, death penalty N/A N/A Yes
 Çyr Yes Between 10 and 20 years according to the offense and its severity None No Premeditated homicide, terrorism, sexual battery, treason Spontaneous homicide, espionage, sexual assault, hijacking, use of a firearm in the course of an indictable act, kidnapping, war crimes, crimes against humanity under 18: Yes
under 16: Incapable of committing an indictable offense
By appeal or via medical/compassionate release No
 Diamavya Yes 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, or never; set individually by judge None Yes Aggravated murder, terrorism, trafficking of dangerous drugs, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, attempted murder of a national political official, possession of lewd images of a minor, war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, treason, espionage, mutiny, aircraft hijacking Discharge of a firearm while committing a felony, attempted murder of a peace officer by means of firearm, threat against social order, attempt to undermine democracy, under 18: Yes
under 12: Incapable of committing an indictable offense
By appeal, medical/compassionate release, or by executive overruling. Yes
 Insui Yes Between 10 and 25 years according to the offense and its severity at the discretion of the presiding judge None No Premeditated homicide, mayhem, torture, terrorism, sexual battery, treason, hijacking Spontaneous homicide, arson, burglary, a third felony conviction, espionage, sexual assault, use of a firearm in the course of an indictable act, kidnapping, war crimes, crimes against humanity under 18: Yes
under 16: Usually incapable of committing an indictable offense. Juveniles convicted of aggravated first-degree murder can still be tried as long as presiding judge considers circumstances of case
By appeal, medical/compassionate release, or executive pardon (barring impeachment and state crimes) Yes
 United Kingdom Yes 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, or never; set individually by judge None Yes Aggravated murder, terrorism, trafficking of dangerous drugs, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, attempted murder of a national political official Treason, espionage, mutiny, aircraft hijacking, discharge of a firearm while committing a felony, attempted murder of a peace officer by means of firearm, war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide under 18: Yes
under 12: Incapable of committing a federal offense or a state-level offense
Pardon or Compassionate Release by the Minister of Justice Yes