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Cameron vows to retain life sentences for murderers

David Cameron has promised to ensure murderers can be kept in jail for life amid suggestions that the Government could introduce 100-year-sentences.

The Prime Minister's comments follow a long-running confrontation with the European Court of Human Rights, which has declared life sentences in England illegal because they offer no "right to review".

Ministers believe they can sidestep the ruling by letting judges sentence for hundreds of years, the Telegraph has reported.


Inmate movie ban to end 'easy life' prison boasts

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said privileges that allow prisoners to boast about their "easy life" are "not right and cannot continue".

For too long the public has seen prisoners spending their days languishing in their cells watching TV, using illegal mobile phones to taunt their victims on Facebook or boasting about their supposedly easy life in prisons.

This is not right and it cannot continue.

The changes we have made to the incentive scheme are not just about taking TVs away from prisoners, they are about making them work towards their rehabilitation.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

Prisoners banned from watching 18-rated films

Movies with a certificate 18 rating have been banned from jails in England and Wales as part of a clampdown on perks behind bars brought into force today.

Prisoners are to be banned from watching violent and sexually explicit films. Credit: PA

Prisoners are to be banned from watching violent and sexually explicit films, such as Hostel and Reservoir Dogs, under changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme.

Not allowing prisoners to vote 'sets bad example'

The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from convicted murderers over their right to vote. Credit: PA Wire

The failure to allow prisoners to vote sets a "very bad example" and will make the life of jail staff more difficult, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has warned.

Nick Hardwick admitted few prisoners were interested in taking part, but denying them the opportunity to vote would send out the wrong message:

"I think the judgment's been made and what would set a bad example would be if we said to prisoners 'We don't like that judgment, therefore we aren't going to do it'.

Mr Hardwick suggested there was an argument for withholding the vote from prisoners serving long sentences for "heinous" crimes, but to grant those serving shorter sentences the vote.


Cameron: Prisoner ruling a 'victory for common sense'

David Cameron has hailed the Supreme Court's ruling on prisoner voting as a "great victory for common sense".

The Supreme Court ruled that convicted murderers Peter Chester and George McGeoch were not entitled to vote while in prison.

Prisoner vote idea makes PM feel 'physically ill'

David Cameron previously said the idea of giving prisoners the vote made him feel "physically ill".

The Supreme Court will today rule whether prisoners will have the right to vote in the next election.

David Cameron said the idea of giving prisoners the vote made him feel 'physically ill'. Credit: PA Wire

Speaking in November 2010, Mr Cameron said: "It makes me physically ill to even contemplate giving the vote to anyone who is in prison. Frankly when people commit a crime and go to prison they should lose their rights including the right to vote."

However, the Attorney General Dominic Grieve has warned that it would be a "serious matter" if Britain defied the ruling and could lead to a significant amount of compensation having to be paid out.

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