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What is a concurrent prison sentence?

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According to Nolo, a concurrent prison sentence occurs when a prisoner serves multiple sentences at the same time. Unlike concurrent sentences, consecutive sentences require a prisoner to complete an entire sentence before the next one begins.

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What is a concurrent prison sentence?
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For example, a person sentenced to one year in prison for burglary and one year for assault would only spend one year in prison if the sentences are concurrent, since both sentences would be served at the same time. Nolo states that a judge uses the same factors to decide whether a person gets a concurrent or consecutive sentence that he uses when deciding the severity of the sentence. However, some criminal statutes state that sentences for one crime be served consecutively with other crimes committed.

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