It is generally assumed the proposed laws from the previous session of Parliament died with the prorogation. The list of legislation included numerous measures designed to toughen sentencing policies, including abolishing the possibility of parole after serving one sixth of prison sentences for non violent offences. However, inmates hoping to benefit from the current laws might be in for a rude shock since it seems due to changes in parliamentary rules adopted in the 90’s the bills could resume passage through the new Parliament at the stage they were at the end of the previous session and thus come into force quite quickly in the upcoming session. It will be interesting to see how the government deals with this issue.
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