I've no sympathy for Madoff.
At age 71, the 150 year sentence virtually assures that he will die in prison.
I won't argue that this is unfair, because even if he was sentenced to 25 years he would likely die in prison, but I do wonder about the justice of a 150 year sentence in light of sentencing for other crimes.
If he were 25 years old, would justice be served if he spent the rest of his life in jail?
The average sentence for murder is 244 months or 20.3 years with the average time served at 127 months or 10.6 years
The average sentence for rape is 123 months or 10.3 years with average time served at 67 months or 5.6 years
The average sentence for securities and exchange fraud is just under 5 years.
We can assume the average time served is something less.
Again, no sympathy for Madoff, but it seems to me that as reprehensible as his crime was, it is not the equivalent of and certainly not worse than murder.
It's his tough luck but I think the publicity of the matter weighed more heavily than it should have (for justice's sake).