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Prison Reform Trust: 'A slightly embarrassing' dodge

Some murderers and serious offenders could receive US-style sentences totalling hundreds of years as part of a review of the UK's human rights laws.

The Prison Reform Trust's Juliet Lyon said the plan "makes for a good new year headline, but it probably would make for a very bad law".

The government is considering the plan after a European court ruled in 2013 that whole-life sentences breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

The 100-year terms would allow prisoners to have their sentences reviewed, satisfying the court.

  • 02 Jan 2014
  • From the section UK
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