Life, without parole, under tough new justice plans to be introduced by the new Conservative Government
Whilst murder already attracts a mandatory life sentence, the vast majority of convicted murderers do not spend their whole life in prison.
The new Conservative Government will reform the law to make sure that the premeditated murder of a child is set a Whole Life Order – meaning that a prisoner will never be eligible for release.
This follows a commitment already made by the Government to toughen sentences for the most serious violent and sexual offenders by abolishing early release at the half way point of a convicted criminal’s sentence.
The move is part of a package of measures to improve the way justice works for law abiding British people. As well as clamping down on the early release of serious criminals, it contains plans to cut crime by reducing reoffending through a doubling of the number of prisoners in employment six weeks after their release. These include:
- A dedicated Prison Education Service to oversee the education and skills training offered across all jails.
- Prisoners to be offered more hours of work whilst in jail to provide them with the opportunity to learn new skills and better prepare them for employment on release.
- More prison workshops where prisoners can be employed in dedicated workspaces
- A dedicated work coach in every prison to link inmates with local jobcentres ahead of their release.