For some more than others, in exceptional circumstances.
Ronald Castree has been convicted for abducting a twelve year old girl, sexually assaulting her, and then stabbing her 12 times and leaving her for dead on an isolated moor. He was brought to justice more by a fluke than anything else.
To make Castree's atrocious crime even worse, he has only been convicted of the murder today. It happened in 1975. In the intervening period, a man named Stefan Kiszko was jailed for the murder and spent 16 years in prison even though he could not have committed the crime. It destroyed the awkward Kiszko, and he died shortly after being released from prison. In prison he succumbed to paranoid delusions, which is hardly surprising, given he was a hated child killer serving life at Her Majesty's pleasure. And the only way he could even be considered for parole was by confessing to a murder of which he was entirely innocent.
Of course, Castree didn't put Kiszko in prison. Poor defence at his first trial, bullying police officers and lying witnesses did that. But the fact remains that if Castree had not committed his rape-murder, then Kiszko would never have been imprisoned.
Castree will serve a minimum of 30 years in prison - the earliest he can be released is when he will be 84. Good, quite honestly. And I hope that every day he spends in prison is an abosolute hell. His crime destroyed not only the family of Lesley Molseed, but also the family of Stefan Kiszko.
So not only do I hope that Castree's time inside is an unmitigated misery, but I hope his fellow prisoners rise to the occasion. And rip his fucking dick off and make the pudgy faced child killing cunt eat it.