At the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday 9th October 2012, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP outlined his “Two strikes and you’re out” policy. Criminals committing two violent or sexual offences, or two high level crimes warranting 10 year sentences, would automatically receive a life sentence.
Reading between the lines of this policy, no new money has been announced for new prisons nor re-organisation of existing prison places. This means that a life sentence will continue to not mean life or even a meaningful term, just that if an ex-criminal picked up a parking ticket once paroled, they would be returned to prison.
The BBC has the general story here and we’ll report more about it when the plans are debated by England’s Parliament.