What does it take to get a life sentence in the UK? WOW
Worse still, if a person pleads guilty they will get a reduced sentence. I think it all comes down to money - if they plead guilty they have saved the state the cost of a trial and the reduced sentence is a kind of reward for this. Also we see very harsh sentences for other crimes - the sort that target property/money. A human life doesn't seem to be worth as much. Add to that our prisons are so overcrowded that some convicts are being held in police stations. Then there is the joke that is 'open prisons'.
I reckon that the Women's Institute ought to be put in charge of sentencing, then we might see some common sense prevailing.