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Should cost-saving plans to halve sentences for offenders who plead guilty early have been scrapped?

David Cameron has forced Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke to abandon his plans to halve sentences for offenders who plead guilty early.

The move was a key part of Mr Clarke’s sentencing plans which would have saved his department £130 million, meaning further cuts are now likely elsewhere, with probation a likely target.

Increasing the discount for the earliest guilty pleas from one third to a half would encourage more offenders to admit their guilt, saving costs and sparing victims the ordeal of a trial, Mr Clarke said.