# Warden's Dilemma

HandyAndy
Posers and Puzzles 11 Feb '17 21:55
1. HandyAndy
Non sum qualis eram
11 Feb '17 21:55
A governor decides to grant partial pardons to prisoners who are serving their time, reducing
all sentences by half. Sentences of 20 years are cut to 10, sentences of 10 years cut to 5,
and so forth. But there are some prisoners serving life sentences. The warden has to follow
the governor's order, but how can he decide fairly about the lifers?
2. wolfgang59
Mr. Wolf
11 Feb '17 22:18
Originally posted by HandyAndy
A governor decides to grant partial pardons to prisoners who are serving their time, reducing
all sentences by half. Sentences of 20 years are cut to 10, sentences of 10 years cut to 5,
and so forth. But there are some prisoners serving life sentences. The warden has to follow
the governor's order, but how can he decide fairly about the lifers?
They spend every other day in prison?
3. HandyAndy
Non sum qualis eram
12 Feb '17 00:48
Originally posted by wolfgang59
They spend every other day in prison?
Yes, or every other week.
4. wolfgang59
Mr. Wolf
24 Feb '17 09:09
Originally posted by HandyAndy
A governor decides to grant partial pardons to prisoners who are serving their time, reducing
all sentences by half. Sentences of 20 years are cut to 10, sentences of 10 years cut to 5,
and so forth. But there are some prisoners serving life sentences. The warden has to follow
the governor's order, but how can he decide fairly about the lifers?
What if the governor decides to double every prisoners' sentence?
How does he deal with the lifers????
5. HandyAndy
Non sum qualis eram
24 Feb '17 17:50
Originally posted by wolfgang59
What if the governor decides to double every prisoners' sentence?
How does he deal with the lifers????
Appeal to a higher power.
6. venda
Dave
24 Feb '17 19:15
Originally posted by wolfgang59
What if the governor decides to double every prisoners' sentence?
How does he deal with the lifers????
Transfer them to another prison
7. wolfgang59
Mr. Wolf
25 Feb '17 06:40
Originally posted by venda
Transfer them to another prison
I think ignoring their "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" request better!
8. 05 Apr '17 00:06
He puts the lifers into a group and commutes the sentences of half the group chosen at random. The other half must continue to serve their life sentences.
9. 06 Apr '17 15:19
Originally posted by HandyAndy
A governor decides to grant partial pardons to prisoners who are serving their time, reducing
all sentences by half. Sentences of 20 years are cut to 10, sentences of 10 years cut to 5,
and so forth. But there are some prisoners serving life sentences. The warden has to follow
the governor's order, but how can he decide fairly about the lifers?
Get data on life expectancy and on an ongoing basis commute the sentences of lifers when their expected remaining time to live equals their time served.

In the first round a number of lifers may be found whose time served exceeds their remaining years to live. Unavoidable.
10. wolfgang59
Mr. Wolf
27 Apr '17 09:40
Originally posted by JS357
Get data on life expectancy and on an ongoing basis commute the sentences of lifers when their expected remaining time to live equals their time served.

In the first round a number of lifers may be found whose time served exceeds their remaining years to live. Unavoidable.
11. DeepThought
28 Apr '17 07:22
Originally posted by HandyAndy
A governor decides to grant partial pardons to prisoners who are serving their time, reducing
all sentences by half. Sentences of 20 years are cut to 10, sentences of 10 years cut to 5,
and so forth. But there are some prisoners serving life sentences. The warden has to follow
the governor's order, but how can he decide fairly about the lifers?
What happens to the people on death row?
12. apathist
looking for loot
28 Apr '17 09:37
Originally posted by wolfgang59
Three ! only. I don't know why.
13. wolfgang59
Mr. Wolf
28 Apr '17 10:24
Originally posted by apathist
Three ! only. I don't know why.
What?????
14. apathist
looking for loot
28 Apr '17 17:05
Originally posted by wolfgang59
What?????
lol! The difference between adolescence and maturity?
15. apathist
looking for loot
28 Apr '17 17:10
The general rule for exclamation is one only, but we are all free to freak out. Something about three attracts me. The third time means getting real.