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A bill to introduce stricter penalties for repeat sexual offenders has cleared both stages in the Oireachtas. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2018 introduces presumptive minimum sentences for repeat sex offenders and also corrects an anomaly in the law of incest by equalising the

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Jail terms of under six months are set to be banned in England and Wales under long-term plans announced by Justice Secretary David Gauke. In a landmark speech, Mr Gauke said that that the high rate of reoffending for those on sentences of less than six months showed that, for them and wider society

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