I didn’t easily find more recent data, but as of about ten years ago, the average sentence for murder in the USA was about 16.5 years, meaning about 12 or so with good behavior (this last statistic as of 2005).
Granted, your mileage may vary. If you’re a famous ex-football player and movie star, you can kill a couple of people and walk away free; if you kill a cop, you’ll probably be dead before you can reload. If you’re a senator or president, you can get away with just about anything.
But typically, the average bloke can murder for the price of about 16.5 years.
Sexual assault may carry an average sentence of around 8 years, but you’ll be out in about 5 (again, 2005 statistics). From there, the sentencing goes downward for robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and larceny, for which you can get out after about 18 months. As you know, we have a lot of drug “offenders,” who’ve made our prisons something like revolving doors. Sometimes you have to free murderers and rapists to make room for the pot smokers, but no matter; in an odd variation on Andy Warhol’s “15 minutes” of fame, it seems that nearly everybody will at some point be in prison for about 15 minutes for some kind of statutory offense (seatbelt laws, airbag laws, drug laws, medical coding laws, business licensing laws…).
Now here’s what I think is interesting:
Bernard Madoff never threatened anybody; he only talked people out of their money, and got a 150 year sentence.
Robert Kahre paid his employees a mutually agreeable wage using USA minted gold and silver dollars according to their face value and reported it all to the IRS according to the letter of the law. But the IRS didn’t like it. So he’s about to be sentenced for up to 296 years in prison.
So here’s what I think:
Your government, the one that you and your neighbors vote for with a 98% reelection rate, is evil and deserves only contempt and destruction. Our laws mean nothing, our money is worthless, our culture is depraved, and if we don’t wake up and reform ourselves from bottom to top, we are doomed in the worst and every sort of way.
That’s all. Have a nice day!