Thursday, 25 August 2016

'Soft' prison sentences extended after complaints


The prison sentences of 102 offenders in England and Wales were extended last year, following complaints the original terms were too soft. More than half the cases involved sexual offences or robbery. The complaints were made under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. There were 713 such requests last year, more than double the number for 2010. Attorney General Jeremy Wright said judges get sentencing right "in the vast majority of cases".The Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme allows those unhappy about the sentence passed for some serious crimes - such as murder or rape - to ask officials to review it.Only one person has to ask for a sentence to be reviewed, and anyone can make a request.