RAHUL SHARMA DEBT CONNECT IN MANCHESTER, UK,
Teenagers convicted of murder in England and Wales could receive whole-life terms under sentencing reforms described by the government as the most radical in almost 20 years.
Currently, a whole-life tariff can only be given to someone aged over 21 but ministers plan to reduce this to 18 for exceptional cases, such as terrorism.
A White Paper outlining further details will be published this week.
But Labour said the Tories had pushed the justice system "to the brink".
The proposals will also include whole-life sentences for those who kill children.
And there would be new powers to prevent the automatic release of offenders who have become radicalised behind bars while serving non-terror related sentences.
A whole-life - or so-called "life means life" - order means the criminal is in prison for the rest of their life without ever becoming eligible for parole. It differs from a life sentence, under which the prisoner is given a number of years they must spend in jail after which they will be eligible to apply for parole.
Whole-life tariffs are reserved for offenders judged to be the most dangerous to society.
The planned reforms come after Hashem Abedi, who helped his brother Salman plan the Manchester Arena bombing, was jailed in August for life and ordered to serve at least 55 years in prison.