"25 to Life" is the eleventh episode of Season Six of Criminal Minds.


Morgan believes a convicted murderer has been rehabilitated and aids in his parole, but subsequently regrets his decision when the man commits murder after being released from prison. 

Guest Cast

Bookend Quotes

  • Derek Morgan: "There is no such thing as part freedom." Nelson Mandela
  • Derek Morgan: "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." Galileo


  • "25 to Life" refers to the maximum sentence if one is convicted of murder.
  • In the scenes where Morgan talks one-on-one with Sanderson, the music of the same style as that in The Shawshank Redemption plays in the background.
  • Greg Collins, the actor who portrays Detective Bill Codwin, previously appeared on Criminal Minds. He portrayed Captain Warner in the Season Four episode Mayhem.
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, Thomas Gibson, the actor who portrays Hotch, doesn't appear in the episode and is only mentioned.
    • This is, in fact, the second episode in which a main character has not appeared despite his or her actor or actress being credited as usual. The first episode was Broken Mirror, in which A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness do not appear as JJ and Garcia, respectively, despite being credited.

Criminal Minds Episodes

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