Washington Examiner

Suffering repeated attacks by convicted terrorists, Britain strengthens laws

by Tom Rogan

After two recent attacks by released terrorists, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is moving to strengthen detention policies for convicted terrorists.

The reforms would end the automatic release of convicted terrorists at the halfway point of their custodial sentences. Convicted terrorists would instead have to be approved for early release by a parole board. The hope is that this reform will reduce the risk of reoffending and better protect the public.

Still, there's a major political effort to get this legislation passed quickly.

That effort is a response to rising public fears over two recent terrorist stabbing rampages in London. The first was a November 2019 attack by a recently paroled terrorist convict, which killed two innocent people. The second was a February 2020 attack by a recently released terrorist. The terrorists were shot dead by police in both cases.

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