Dealing with terrorists

The government has announced longer prison sentences for terrorists who commit further offences in prison, protecting the public and keeping our streets safe.

  • Terrorist offenders pose a grave risk to public safety and they must face the full consequences of their actions – whether they break the law on the street or behind bars.
  • That is why all terrorist offenders who commit further crimes in jail – however minor - will be automatically referred within a week for a police investigation and potential prosecution. Breaches in behaviour by those linked to terror will face the full scrutiny of counter-terrorism authorities.
  • Those who remain a threat will be kept behind bars for as long as possible, keeping our communities safer, for longer, from those unwilling to change their ways.


Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, said:

"Terrorist offenders pose a grave risk to public safety and they must face the full consequences of their actions – whether on the street or behind bars.

This important change means any transgression will come with the prospect of significantly more prison time and keep our communities safer, for longer, from those unwilling to change their ways."


Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Matt Jukes, said:

"Our core mission at Counter Terrorism Policing is keeping the public and our communities safe from the enduring and evolving terrorist threat.

This agreement demonstrates that our efforts to mitigate that threat, and protect our national security, are far-reaching and rely on collaboration with our partners."

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