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Govt considers dishing out US-style life sentences

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CRIMINALS COULD be given US-style prison sentences totalling hundreds of years as part of a review of the UK's human rights laws.

The government is backing the plan after a European court ruled in 2013 that whole-life tariffs breached the European Convention on Human Rights, as there was no possibility of a “right to review".

The proposed 100-year terms would allow British judges to jail the most serious criminals for “decades and even hundreds of years."

Also their sentences would either reviewed or shortened, satisfying the court.

However, the prisoner would still die in jail, and as a result, the ECHR ban on whole-life tariffs would be circumvented, the Telegraph reported.

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