What Life in Prison Without Parole Will Be Like for Jodi Arias


Now that her exhaustive road to trial, followed by a tortured sentencing phase, has been completed after 2 1/2 years, the fate of Jodi Arias has been sealed. The convicted murderer has been spared the death penalty and will instead spend the rest of her natural life in prison with no possibility of parole. Unless she wins the appeal that is sure to be coming, Arias is looking at a long life behind bars for the murder of Travis Alexander, her ex-lover, in 2008.

After her sentence was handed down by Judge Sherry Stephens, Arias was transferred to her new home at Perryville Women’s Prison in Goodyear, and an updated booking photo of the convicted killer has been released. Unlike her first mugshot in which she smirked at the camera, later saying that she gave the half-smile because Alexander would have done the same in that situation, her new photo shows her without expression and sporting an orange prison uniform.

At first, she will be under maximum security. Each year, Arias will be evaluated to determine if she can be reclassed to a lower level of security within the prison.

She will be assigned a concrete cell measuring 12-feet-by-7-feet. Her new home will come equipped with a toilet, sink, bed and mattress. Her new digs will also come with two slivers of window through which daylight might be seen.

As a new inmate, Arias will spend as much as 23 hours each day locked inside of her cell. Although eventually she will be allowed entertainment in the form of a radio and/or television, for now her choices will be limited to writing and drawing. Although she will some day have additional ways to entertain herself, her concrete cell will never have air conditioning. She will have to rely on a swamp cooler for relief in her Arizona prison cell as she serves her sentence of life without parole.

If Arias shows good behavior, she will be allowed greater privileges. These will include the opportunity to participate in activities, being able to buy items from the prison’s store and having additional visitors. She will, however, be allowed to meet with her attorneys to discuss legal matters, which would include any appeals. Time with her lawyers will be allowed with few limitations.

Although a tell-all book by Arias would generate a great deal of money from those interested in true crime stories, according to Arizona law she is not allowed to earn any money from the sale of her story. Although the life facing Arias seems grim and desolate, she is considered lucky by some to have avoided Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Jails, which are notorious for harsh conditions and little, if any, privileges.

If the prosecution in the case had gotten their way, Arias would have been sentenced to death. Luck was on Arias’ side, as two consecutive juries could not come to a consensus to sentence Arias to death. The second jury, in fact, had been unanimous for the death penalty save for one lone juror who voted for a life sentence.

At her sentencing, Stephens said she believed that Arias had planned to kill Alexander and that the killing had been cruel, as the jury had ruled. The judge added that the victim’s family had suffered both emotionally and financially when Arias killed him. For that reason, Stephens opted to impose the harsher sentence, which gives Arias life in prison with no hope of release rather than a possibility of parole after 25 years.

By Jennifer Pfalz

Miami Herald
USA Today

7 Responses to "What Life in Prison Without Parole Will Be Like for Jodi Arias"

  1. Robert mitchell   August 7, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    An eye for an eye. None of this, we can’t execute her cause she’s a woman, nonsense.

  2. MORGAN   April 27, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I feel sorry for the alexander famiy, I even feel some sorrow for Jodi. But shes lucky it wasn’t up to me , because I would have given her death BY STONING

  3. Red   April 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Erik – she got two second chances. The first was the re-sentencing trial. The second was being allowed to live. What if Travis was your brother, or your son? What would you want to happen to the person who stabbed your brother 27 times, sliced your son’s throat from ear to ear, nearly decapitating him, shot your brother in the head, then dragged your son’s lifeless body back into a shower where he decomposed for 5 days?

  4. Charlena R. Rauch   April 15, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Jodi got what she deserved, what she should have gotten…was death. I absolutely believe she won’t any and without thought of anyone but herself think she savagely murdered Travis Alexander. I am very pleased with Juge Sherry Stephane sentence. I think if she had not made that smart mouthed statement to the Alexander’s that she was looking at the possibility of parole but she opened her mouth and the judge in her great wisdom shut it for her. If you spit on the family be prepared to get fed some sh-t.

  5. erik   April 15, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Judge stephens made the wrong decision every body should be given a second chance yes she did a horrible thing but can she ever turn it back ?

    Of course not but this trial was already hard enough for the alexanders and for jodi too dealing with the countless questions and the sex tape coming in too public

    • Nancy   August 27, 2015 at 3:50 am

      No, not EVERYONE should be given a second chance. She blamed the victim, spewing the lowest kind of lies about him, to try to escape responsibility for what she did, & to punish his family for not agreeing to a plea-bargain. Watch the prosecutor’s closing arguements, & if you watch closely, you’ll see her make a throat slashing gesture with her thumb while she glares at Juan Martinez. She has no remorse. A psychopathic, lying, manipulating murderess IS who she is. She does not belong out in the real world, the prison world is where she belongs, where her every move can be monitered.

      • Bugsy   September 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        Nancy, what you wrote is RIGHT ON and is what 99.999% of the world agrees except for the few deluded men and a few “cray-cray” women who WANT to believe the lies flying off those lips of Arias AND her parents, legal council and about the worst of them is that mitigating dancing Mexican CACAroach!…Domestic abuse?
        Oh, YES! Like her mama Sandy Arias, another patho-liar, and the dancing Caca’roach claimed… that JA had “Bruces” on her arms…YES, Jodi has had numerous “Bruces” on her arms…”men” named Bruce…she gave them blo-jobs for gas money for her premeditated, planned murderous rampage down in AZ.
        I believe that one lone/rogue juror who refused to listen to reason, should be prosecuted for her LYING to the courts that she did NOT know anyone on the case when in fact she knew Prosecutor Martinez from years before as Martinez is the one who put one of her husbands in prison…one simply does NOT forget WHO put ones husband in prison for 10 yrs! Somehow she got herself onto this jury for the sole purpose of retaliation against Martinez…
        WHY are they NOT prosecuting her? Isn’t this a federal crime? The FBI needs to look into this…. and WHY wouldn’t Judge Stevens take action when every single juror had issues, were suspicious of her?


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