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If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here. TOUGHER SENTENCES PLANNED FOR TERROR OFFENDERS. The government is planning to stop the early release of prisoners convicted of terror offences, while a minimum sentence of 14 years for serious crimes will be introduced. The changes are set to be included in a bill put before Parliament by the middle of March. Home Secretary Priti Patel said ministers had had to face "hard truths" following the London Bridge attack last November, in which a prisoner released half-way through a 16-year sentence stabbed two people to death. The Counter-Terrorism Bill would also allow probation officers to use lie detector tests to improve the handling of... Full story

21 January