PerpetualBy perpetual is understood to a thing that lasts forever, that is, forever. From the Latin word perpetŭus, this term is used to name what is capable of lasting throughout the weather So what no end or that is maintained until the end of the life. For instance: “The death of a child is a perpetual pain that you must always live with”, “Cheer up! It’s just a bad run: there is no perpetual misfortune, soon things will turn out better for you ”, “In some areas of Russia, it seems that there is a perpetual winter that punishes the population with very low temperatures throughout the year”.

It should be noted that perpetuity may be linked to a post which is obtained by inheritance or by appointment and that extends to the end of life. This position, therefore, has the character life: “I cannot understand how society accepts a perpetual senator: that is not democratic”, “The dictator tried to obtain impunity by calling himself a perpetual congressman”.

The Virgin of Perpetual Help, on the other hand, it is an oriental icon that began to be the object of devotion of the Augustinians in Rome, when the XV century it was coming to an end. His festival takes place every June 27th. It is also interesting to note that this Virgin has long been named as Patroness of the Haitian territory.

Life imprisonment

PerpetualThe perpetual prison, also know as life imprisonment, on the other hand, it is a type of sentence that is established against a crime serious. It is about the deprivation of liberty for an indefinite period of time, a period that may involve imprisonment for life. Life imprisonment often replaces the death penalty as a more severe punishment. In some cases, penalties of more than 20 years in prison also fall within this classification, because it is considered too high a period of deprivation of liberty that generates severe inmates physical and psychological sequelae.

In the European Union there is a concept known as reviewable life sentence which refers to the possibility of reviewing the conviction of a prisoner within a certain period of time and, taking into account the attitudes that the convicted person has had from the moment of incarceration and other circumstances, grant or not freedom.

This issue arouses endless controversies, since many people say that it is a good measure to act against crime, without falling into the brutal decision of the capital punishment; However, another sector assures that it is not a constructive measure since it causes irreversible damage to those convicted, preventing them from starting over, even if they are sorry for what they have done. Sadly, the reviewable life sentence not a better workaround to the death penalty or to life imprisonment proper.

It is known that the countries that consider among their laws that of the reviewable life sentence, have prisoners who serve a sentence that lasts an average of 20 years, however, in other countries such as Spain the average is 40 years, an experience of the which the damned come out absolutely mentally damaged and unable to lead a social life moderately stable.

There are different opinions about whether or not it is constitutional this measure. In the case of Spain, given the results that these sentences cause, it is estimated that it is not because in the case itself Constitution It is explained that all custodial penalties must have as their primary objective the social reintegration of the condemned, and these people clearly cannot do it after this experience.