Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, said in response to reports today that Ken Clarke has been forced to drop his plans for a 50 per cent sentence reduction for those entering an early guilty plea in rape cases:
“Rape is one of the most serious crimes someone can commit and the reduction in sentence a rapist gets for pleading guilty should not be increased. But it is not right that people committing other heinous crimes, including grievous bodily harm, possessing and distributing child porn and attempted murder, could still get away with a much shorter sentence in order to cut costs.
“Doing a u-turn just on rape sentences does not go far enough. The vast majority of people sentenced to prison last year were convicted of other crimes and would have been eligible for a 50% reduction in their sentence for pleading guilty early under this government’s plans.
“This Tory-led government needs to drop this proposal in its entirety and for all crimes. Their chaotic policies put cutting costs ahead of cutting crime and protecting the public and show them to be completely out of touch on crime and criminal justice.”