Re: Totally inadequate
Three strikes gets more people killed - if someone has been jailed twice burglary, and are offending again when the owner comes home they have 2 choices - give up and get jailed for life for burglary, or kill the owner and maybe get away with it.
I also think any system that can send someone to jail for life for failing to pay their TV license is intrinsically wrong.
(You seem to mean a total life sentence - the rest of you life behind bars, rather than a minimum term and life on license)
The prupose of a justice system is to reduce crime - if someone robbed me I'd want them punished, but I would much rather they didn't rob me in the first place.