I've been reading and thinking a lot about the American prison system recently. All its brutalities, huge sentences and semi-institutionalised rape make for disturbing reading. However, what really disturbs me, even more than the death penalty is the sentence of 'Life Without Parole'. This is a sentence with no chance of release, ever. No matter how remorseful and changed the criminal has become, no matter how the victims or society as a whole feel. It seems to me to be a disregard for any chance for forgiveness. The idea of a remorseful man, serving away his life in prison really upsets me. I read this fantastic article today by a man in that predicament. Amazing writing style too. http://www.utne.com/Great-Writing/Sentenced-to-Life-growing-old-prison.aspx Please read that and discuss how you feel about 'life without parole' as a sentence or the US prison system in general.