This suggested that in cases where there was a substantial risk of committing a further violent offence the Crown Court could impose a sentence which would be subject to review at regular intervals, possibly every two years, with reports estimating the possible dangers to the public, and on release the defendant being subject to supervision in much the same way as applies to those released from life imprisonment.
Such a sentence would meet the reservations of the Lord Chief Justice in that there would be less likelihood of murder to cover up an offence. It would also meet the concern of the Home Secretary for better protection for the public. Whilst the recommendationwas in respect of mentally disordered offenders, it would seem equally appropriate in any case of a violent dangerous offence.
Dr D I Acres
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