pay (one's) debt to society

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pay (one's) debt to society

To serve the sentence given to one upon conviction of a crime. In the eyes of the law, he has paid his debt to society, so he shouldn't be facing any further punishment for his past crimes. I spent nearly 15 years in prison—I paid my debt to society!
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And while I paid my debt to society in less than a year, it took me 30 years to have my voting rights restored.
Grillo, who did not attend the trial of his daughters, said: "I have paid my debt to society. I was hanging around with some ugly company and was coerced into the kidnapping.
'I have paid my debt to society, been remorseful and tried every day to be a better person and benefit my community."
"I am not a murderer and have paid my debt to society, " said Bronson, who's awaiting a legal ruling which could give long-serving lags like him - lifers who've served the recommended tariff - grounds for release.
In 1994 she published a letter, begging: ``After 30 years in prison, I think I have paid my debt to society and atoned for my crimes.''
He said: "I've more than paid my debt to society. Now I've gone straight.
She felt "like I've paid my debt to society" but is now considering therapy.
I've paid my debt to society and I think I should be left alone to live the rest of my life in peace, with no harassment."
Best, who was fined pounds 250 in 1997 for breaking a fireman's jaw in a pub assault, told the Sunday Mail: "I've paid my debt to society. This is just somebody trying to make a living."
I got myself into a situation that was naive but I paid my debt to society."
"I've paid my debt to society and I think I should be left alone to live my life in peace, with no harassment."
"I paid my debt to society when I served time in prison for an incident which happened 26 years ago.
And she said: "I think I have paid my debt to society and atoned for my crimes.