Mandatory sentencing for police killers
People who are convicted of killing police officers in New South Wales could be facing a mandatory life sentence if a new government bill is passed. Premier Barry O’Farrell, announced the bill over the weekend, saying that the liberal party has been committed to the policy since 2002. Mandatory sentencing revokes the powers of a judge to interpret facts based on individual circumstances, and some say it can promote a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Criminal law experts are concerned that the measures will lead to injustice and won’t deter criminals from committing offences.
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