BORIS JOHNSON: I will end early release for terrorists and violent offenders

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BORIS JOHNSON: Send me back to Number 10 and I will end automatic early release of violent offenders and terrorists

By Boris Johnson For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 22:00 GMT, 30 November 2019 | Updated: 09:26 GMT, 2 December 2019

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Since becoming Prime Minister, I’ve said we need a big change of direction on violent crime and security. What I saw on Friday has made me angry – it’s absolutely clear that we can’t carry on with the failed approaches of the past.

That is why as soon as I became Prime Minister in July, we started recruiting 20,000 more police. This is already happening.

It is why I’ve also said we must keep violent offenders and terrorists in jail longer and end the automatic early release system.

Boris Johnson, pictured yesterday attending the scene of the London Bridge terrorist attack said 'we must keep violent offenders and terrorists in jail longer and end the automatic early release system'

Boris Johnson, pictured yesterday attending the scene of the London Bridge terrorist attack said 'we must keep violent offenders and terrorists in jail longer and end the automatic early release system'

We took some steps to do this before the Election. However, due to the broken hung Parliament that was preoccupied with blocking Brexit, we could not do more.

We simply cannot risk being in the same situation for the next five years where Parliament cannot do what’s needed. We need a government that can act.

The terrorist on London Bridge was sentenced 11 years ago under laws passed in 2008 which established automatic early release. This system has got to end – I repeat, this has got to end, as I’ve been saying for four months.

If you are convicted of a serious terrorist offence, there should be a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years – and some should never be released. Further, for all terrorism and extremist offences, the sentence announced by the judge must be the time actually served – these criminals must serve every day of their sentence, with no exceptions.

London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, pictured, had been released early from prison in last December

London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, pictured, had been released early from prison in last December

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