Prison Sentences

Attorney General written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2019 to Question 1073 on Prison sentences: Hampshire, whether he plans to extend the scope of the unduly lenient sentence scheme to ensure fewer custodial cases fall outside of its remit.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

On 29 October 2019 the Government added 14 new offences to the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. This latest extension to the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme means that perpetrators of some of the most heinous crimes such as sex offences against children and vulnerable adults and controlling and coercive behaviour could have their sentences increased, bringing some comfort to victims and their families.

We will continue to monitor the scheme to consider any further extensions.

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