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Stricter Sentencing Laws Proposed Under New Justice Plan

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The new laws would allow Judges to decide minimum tariffs.

Judges could soon be allowed to decide minimum tariffs when handing down life sentences.

It's part of the Justice Plan for 2022, which will explore allowing judges to decide how long someone spends in prison before they can apply for parole.

It would mean that Judges could be allowed impose minimum sentences of 20 or 30 years in murder cases.

As things stand, anyone given a life sentence for murder can apply to the parole board after 12 years.

The plans have been described as 'momentous' by families of murder victims.

John Whelan, whose sister Sharon and her daughters Zarah and Nadia were killed in a fire in 2008, says it's what many families have asked for:

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