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Prison term discount plan 'too lenient', says Cameron

The government has dropped plans to give prisoners a 50% reduction in their sentence if they plead guilty at an early stage.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, denied it was a U turn, but admitted the original proposal, which had attracted widespread criticism, was too lenient.

He also set out further measures in a new sentencing bill, which affects England and Wales, such as a review of 'indeterminate' or open ended sentences and a new offence of threatening someone with a knife.

James Landale reports.

  • 21 Jun 2011
  • From the section UK
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