Getting a grip on sentencing

Today, the Justice Secretary has set out plans to radically overhaul sentencing, to crack down on crime and protect the public by ensuring dangerous criminals are kept in prison for longer.

  • For too long, our justice system has been beset by complex and confusing laws which the public often feel fail in their primary aims – to keep them safe and properly punish offenders.
  • That’s why the government has today announced a smarter sentencing plan to crack down on crime – making community sentences stricter and better targeted, introducing whole life orders for child killers and introducing new powers to halt the dangerous early release of radicalised offenders.
  • These proposals will ensure the most serious violent and sexual offenders get the prison time they deserve, while new community interventions and changes to rules around criminal records will help boost rehabilitation and cut reoffending – which means creating fewer victims.


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