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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Is Breivik’s sentence harsh enough?

Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in a rampage in Norway last summer, was sentenced Friday to 21 years in prison by an Oslo court. The sentence is the maximum allowable time under Norwegian law, and Breivik will likely stay in prison as long as he’s considered a threat.

However, the decision still prompted controversy online as some have suggested that the term is too lenient for a man who gunned down children and has shown no remorse.

After the ruling, Breivik apologized to “militant nationalists” for not killing more people.

Others said Norway’s unusually humane prisons are too good for Breivik. He will be kept in isolation and restricted to three cells: One with gym equipment, one with a bed and a third with desk and laptop computer.

Norway does not have the death penalty, but the sentence could be extended as long as Breivik is considered to be a threat to society.

Rather than a typical jail term, Breivik was sentenced to “preventive detention,” which means it’s unlikely he will ever be released, the Associated Press reported.

Several survivors of the attacks and relatives of victims said they supported the ruling.

“I am very relieved and happy about the outcome,” Tore Sinding Bekkedal, who survived the Utoya shooting, told AP.

One Norwegian lawyer suggested that the sentence was more than adequate:

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