Tuesday 9 October 2012 18.51 BST
Serious sexual offenders to get 'two strikes and you're out' life sentences
"Justice secretary announces mandatory life sentences for rapists and other violent criminals who commit second serious offence
Chris Grayling, the new justice secretary, addresses the Conservative party conference.
A hardline "two strikes and you're out" automatic life sentence for serious sexual or violent offences will be brought into force shortly, the self-proclaimed "tough" justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has told the Conservative party conference.
The change, which will be brought in during December, will mean rapists and other criminals who commit a second serious violent or sexual offence will get a mandatory life sentence. Penal reformers have warned that the policy, which was imposed on Grayling's predecessor, Kenneth Clarke, by David Cameron, risks fuelling a fresh rise in the record prison population in England and Wales.
"Everyone deserves a second chance, but those who commit the most serious offences, crimes that would attract a sentence of 10 or more years, cannot be allowed to just go on and on causing harm, distress and injury," said Grayling. "Those people are a real threat to our society, and we must treat them as such.""