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Briefing for second reading debate on the Sentencing Bill

6 December 2023

The Sentencing Bill contains measures in relation to:

• Whole Life Orders (WLOs)
• Serious Sexual Offences Sentencing and Release Arrangements
• Extending Home Detention Curfew (HDC) eligibility
• A presumption to suspend custodial sentences of 12 months or less

“This Howard League briefing takes each of these measures in turn. Broadly speaking, we welcome those measures that will help to address the crisis in prison capacity in England and Wales, and question whether those measures which will increase pressure on prison places are necessary or justified.

“We are also concerned about the lawfulness of provisions which seek to implement more punitive sentencing measures retrospectively.”

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