Why do they add extra charges to when your already serving life in prison?

Like when they say “life in prison + 30 years”. What does that mean what are those extra 30 years for if your already serving life in prison? 

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  • 1 month ago
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    It means you have to serve life and after that you serve the 30.  Kind of a non sequitir I know, but that's the way it is.  Sometimes you'll hear of a person being sentenced to not less than ....let's say....not less than 20 years nor more that 25 yeas in prison.  That means the convict will not be eligible for parole for at least 20 years.

  • L
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    To make sure you NEVER qualify for parole.

  • 1 month ago

    Most times life means 60 years and most do half that and become eligible for parole so adding the " +30 " ensures they will serve at least 45 years which typically is a death sentence for most of them.

  • Neil
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    1 month ago

    1. Because a life sentence doesn't mean a person stays in prision for life. They are eligible for parole after a certain number of years, which may vary by jurisdiction. So life + 30 makes they're eligibility later.

     

    2. Cases are sometimes thrown out on appeal even years later. If they're in for life from one charge and that gets thrown out, they walk. If they're doing life from Case A, and 30 years from Case B, and one gets thrown out, they're still locked up.

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  • Foofa
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    1 month ago

    "Life" is different than LWOP (life without parole). Typically a life sentence means one will be eligible for parole in 25 years. So the extra time is added so that one they've served their 25 they'll still have additional time to go. This is reserved for the most heinous crimes. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because of extra crimes that you have just committed or perpetrated.

  • 1 month ago

    There are several reasons.

    The first is that even if serving the total sentence is not possible, actually being sentenced for each crime is partially about the victims.

    Another is the possibility of one or more of the convictions being overturned on appeal. Should that happen, the sentence(s) for the convictions not over turned remain.

    A third relates to possibility of parole. the additional time beyond a single life sentence extends the minimum time that must be served before being eligible for parole.

  • 1 month ago

    It means that even if you get the life part reduced, you still have to serve the other years. For example, at one time in New York (I don't know if this is still true), a person sentenced to life could be paroled after 25 years, but a person sentenced to a specific number of years couldn't be paroled until after 1/3 of that number, so life + 30 years meant you could not be release on parole until after 25 + 10 (in other words, 35 total) years.

  • 1 month ago

    It is giving a message to the parole board:  "don't let him out."

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sometimes life isn't always life.  As in it could be 25 years to life.  Which means that after 25 years they can try for parole.   But if they get parole at 25 years for that charge, they still have a 30 year sentence...so they still aren't getting out.

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