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21 Years for an Atrocity?

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That's what the Daily Mail is reporting is the maximum prison sentence that can be imposed on Behring Breivik, the man accused of the horrific events in Norway this past weekend:

Norway's mass killer faces a maximum jail term of just 21 years. Astonishingly, that is the longest sentence available to judges in Norway's benevolent justice system.  In England and Wales, repeat killers can be told they will die behind bars with a 'whole life' tariff, and killers who use a knife or gun face minimum terms of 25 and 30 years.  But in Norway, few killers serve more than 14 years.  Even those given the maximum term can be released after two-thirds of their sentence, and many are given unsupervised weekend parole after just one third.




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