Under the plans produced by Clarke and his team at the Ministry of Justice, more dangerous criminals will be given life sentences for crimes other than murder.
Mandatory custodial sentences will also be available for both adults and 16- to 17-year-olds convicted of aggravated knife and offensive weapon offences.
The announcement follows the Government’s commitment to review the Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence, which was criticised for being confusing and difficult to understand.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke commented: ‘The new regime will restore clarity, coherence and common sense to sentencing, rid us of the inconsistent and confusing IPP regime and give victims a clearer understanding of how long offenders will actually serve in prison.’
The new measures will be debated in the House of Commons next week and, if passed, will be added to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (which is currently progressing through Parliament).
According to an offic...
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