The current dilemma over sentencing does not seem to come to much if analysed calmly and away from the tabloids -
Plead guilty at the earliest opportunity at the moment and 10 years might become 6. Released after 1/2 time and 10 becomes 3. Change to a 50% discount and that 3 becomes 2.5. So not reforming means an extra 6 months in jail or circa £7,000 for the tax payer?
What's the big deal?