UK PM pledges mandatory life sentences for certain people convicted of murder

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In the statement The Prime Minister said the government will “make sure that life means life” by requiring judges to hand down mandatory whole life orders to |mosters” who commit the most horrific types of murder.

Judges will be legally required to issue whole-life orders, except in the rarest of instances, and will have more confidence to do so without concerns about being challenged in the Courts of Appeal. First time in history, life sentences for all murders motivated by sexuality will be standard punishment. The murders of Zara Aleena in December and Sabina Nesses in January of this year prompted Prime Minister Rishi Sunderak to announce that “immediate measures are being taken” to address serious issues raised by the Chief Inspector of the Probation Service in his Reviews of Serious Further Offenders published in January of this year. The public expects that the life of a criminal will be guaranteed in serious cases. They expect truthfulness in sentencing. This important law change will ensure that the worst of the worst can now expect to spend the rest of their lives in prison. This important law change will ensure that the worst of the worst can now expect to spend the rest of their lives in prison.”However, barristers have been eager to point out on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) that “Judges can already give whole life terms for the worst offenders” under Schedule 21 of the Sentencing Act 2020, which sets out the for judges to make a determination of minimum term in relation to mandatory life sentence for murder.

This is the most recent public safety effort from the UK government and comes as the government has announced other draft measures, including

an independent inquiry into the handling of wrongful imprisonment, plans to compel offenders to attend sentencing hearings and

two year investments to tackle criminal case backlogs.

* Judges can already give whole life terms for the worst offenders. This week, we literally saw it. You are less safe. Will they fix this?framework* Friday, 29% courtrooms were empty despite 60k cases pending. Will they fix this? https://t.co/22NNN14AkH

— Joanna Hardy-Susskind (@Joanna__Hardy)