More crimes included in prison term reform bill

The maximum custodial sentence, referred to as the reviewable permanent prison term, is imposed in cases of exceptional gravity

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Justice minister Rafael Catalá said the new bill responds to a 'social demand' which rejects dangerous criminals being returned to the streets (Photo: EFE)

THE government has approved a proposal to expand the list of offences for which the maximum prison sentence available to Spain’s courts can be awarded.

The existing legislation covering eight serious crimes was introduced in March 2015 as part of the Public Safety Act and its expansion is justified by ministers as response to a social demand. The maximum custodial sentence, referred to as the reviewable permanent prison term, is only imposed in cases of exceptional gravity which justify permanent imprisonment.

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