New tougher sentences to be brought in so child killers are never released
Murderers jailed for killing young children could spend the rest of their life in prison under tough new sentencing laws planned by Boris Johnson.
The Prime Minister is planning to use the Queen’s Speech next month to announce harsher sentences for the worst criminals, so that ‘life means life’.
The tougher measures will be revealed in a new sentencing bill that Her Majesty will read out when she announces the Government’s agenda for the next year.
Killers accused of murdering pre-school children would be subject to whole-life orders with no chance of parole or release under the measures.
The Government is also said to want violent and sexual offenders to serve at least two thirds of their full terms before they are freed, the Sunday Times reports.
It also states the government is planning to scrap the automatic early-release system in favour of an ‘earned release’.
Mr Johnson could also impose sobriety tags that monitor alcohol intake on repeat drunken offenders to stop them breaching court orders.
A Government source told the newspaper: ‘Most people think all parties and the courts have lost the plot on sentencing.
‘We agree with the public.
‘We will act as quickly and aggressively as we can, given Parliament does not want to do what the people want on crime, just as it doesn’t on Brexit.’
The proposed tougher sentences were praised by Harry Fletcher, director of the Victims’ Rights Campaign, who told the paper: ‘There has been a real concern among victims for many years that tariffs were set too low and that child killers were getting out earlier than families expected.
‘This move is therefore to be welcomed.’
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the PM ordered an urgent review into sentencing policy and plans to ‘bring forward proposals shortly’.