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"25 to Life" is the eleventh episode of Season Six and the 125th overall 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, who portrays Hotch, doesn't appear in the episode. This is the 7th of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:
Criminal Minds Episodes