For the first time, there are now comprehensive guidelines proposed for sentencing people who have been convicted of manslaughter offences in both England and Wales.
Beforehand, there were no set sentencing guidelines for the offence, however, the longest sentences were generally less than ten years.
These guidelines are for “very serious and difficult” cases, for example, unintended death because of negligence or assault by an employer.
Under the new proposals, those found guilty of the most serious gross negligence manslaughter offences following workplace accidents could face up to 18 years in jail. It is also important to note that offenders will be sentenced more harshly if they were motivated by financial gain, when they knew that their actions were likely to cause harm.