Terrorists receive harsher sentences if they commit crimes behind bars

Terrorists receive harsher sentences if they commit crimes behind bars

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Terrorists will have all crimes committed in prison referred to the police within a week (Photo: Getty)

Terrorists who are in prison and commit further crimes while incarcerated will receive harsher sentences, Justice Minister Dominic Raab has announced.

Under the old system, crimes committed in prison, such as vandalizing cells or dealing contraband, were usually handled by prison wardens.

This would lead to a maximum sentence of 42 additional days behind bars.

But under the new plan, all crimes committed in prison by terror offenders will be referred to the police for investigation within a week, even if they are relatively minor.

They may then be prosecuted and given considerably longer sentences.

Mr Raab said this change will keep communities safer for those unwilling to change their ways.

“Terrorist perpetrators pose a major risk to public safety, and they must face the full consequences of their actions – whether they are on the streets or behind bars,” he said.

“This significant change means that any offense comes with the prospect of significantly more jail time and that our communities will remain safe longer from those unwilling to change their ways.”

The move follows a review of terrorist activity in prisons in England and Wales by Jonathan Hall KC, the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.

In his report, Mr Hall said public confidence in the criminal justice system is damaged when people go to prison only to become more dangerous.

“Prisons should not become a second chance for committed terrorists whose attack plans are thwarted in the community,” he said.

“More fundamentally, public confidence in the criminal justice system is shaken when terrorism occurs in prison or when people enter prison to become more dangerous: and the ability of prisons to function is severely compromised when prison officers anticipate an imminent terrorist attack. fear.’

Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Matt Jukes, said: ‘Our core mission at Counter Terrorism Policing is to protect the public and our communities from the ongoing and evolving terrorist threat.

“This agreement demonstrates that our efforts to mitigate that threat and protect our national security are far-reaching and depend on working with our partners.”

Gregor McGill of the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘When a crime is committed in a prison, there are serious consequences.

“Today’s updated agreement continues to ensure that police, prisons and the CPS work together to investigate and prosecute inmates who commit acts of terrorism or serious violence wherever our legal test is met.

“Those who commit crimes while serving their sentences risk new charges and longer sentences.”

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