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UK Government's New Counter-Terrorism Bill: The Key Measures

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The Guardian

UK Government's New Counter-Terrorism Bill: The Key Measures

From new sentencing regimes to tougher tools for monitoring suspects

The government has unveiled a new counter-terrorism bill. Here are some of the key measures to be introduced in the legislation:

New sentencing regime

Terrorism offenders will be sentenced under the following terms:

  • A life sentence – where the offender spends a minimum period or “tariff” before being considered for release by the Parole Board. The offender may never be released. If released, offenders will spend the rest of their life on licence and can be recalled to custody.

  • Serious terrorist sentence – a new term for the most dangerous offenders, where there is a likelihood of multiple deaths, which carries a minimum 14-year sentence with an extended licence period of seven to 25 years.

  • An extended determinate sentence (EDS) – if this is handed out when the offence carries the maximum penalty of life, the offender will be required to spend their entire sentence behind bars with no prospect of early release. For other offences, someone given an EDS faces an extended licence period after release of up to 10 years.

  • A sentence for offenders of particular concern (SOPC) – for adult or youth offenders, under which they would spend two-thirds of their sentence in custody before being able to apply to the Parole Board for release. Following release they will have a mandatory licence period of 12 months.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/20/uk-governments-new-counter-terrorism-bill-the-key-measures