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03.12.12

Tougher prison sentences introduced

New criminal offences have come into force today, alongside tougher prison sentences for violent crimes.

The new offences include aggravated possession of a knife and mandatory life sentences will be introduced for anyone committing a second serious violent or sexual crime, via a ‘two strikes’ system.

For dangerous criminals whose offence does not fall under the two strikes system, the new extended determinate sentence (EDS) will replace the ‘indeterminate’ sentences, and mean criminals are not automatically released from prison halfway through their term, but must serve at least two-thirds of their sentence.

Justice secretary Chris Grayling said: “Criminals should be in no doubt they will be punished for their crimes, with those who commit the most serious offences receiving the most severe sentences.”

He told the BBC: “Everyone deserves a second chance. If they don't use that second chance they go to prison for life.

“If you’re wandering round carrying a knife in a threatening way, you will go to jail. I'm also looking at the issue of cautions for knife crime, which I'm not happy with at all.”

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