Under the new Sentencing Bill, the most horrific murderers will face spending the rest of their lives locked up, including for any murder involving sexual or sadistic conduct... The change in the law will mean that a Whole Life Order must be handed down in the worst cases, with judges only able to choose not to impose one in exceptional circumstances. The Bill will also make sure vile criminals who commit rape and other serious sexual offences face the full consequences of their actions and spend every day of their sentence behind bars, up from 50% when the Government came to power in 2010.
Through the Criminal Justice Bill, the government will make clear in law that reasonable force can be used to make criminals appear in the dock. If offenders still refuse, they will face a further two years in prison.
In a further step to keep the worst offenders locked up for longer, through the Criminal Justice Bill, we will create a statutory aggravating factor at sentencing to make sure grooming gang members and their ring leaders receive the toughest possible sentences. Murdering a partner at the end of a relationship will also become a statutory aggravating factor at sentencing.
Ministers will also continue to progress the Victims and Prisoners Bill, ensuring victims are at the heart of justice considerations. This will give Ministers the power to stop the parole of the worst offenders and stop them marrying in prison.
The Criminal Justice Bill will also give the police powers to drive crime and anti-social behaviour off our streets, tackling everyday crime that can cause misery to families across the country. The police will have the power to enter a premises without a warrant to seize stolen goods, such as phones, when they have reasonable proof that a specific stolen item is inside a property or premises, for example based off GPS location tracking technology.
The Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill will make sure the UK’s intelligence agencies continue to have the powers they need to tackle the evolving threats and technological advancements that provide new opportunities for terrorists, hostile state actors, child abusers and criminal gangs...