Cabinet is scheduled to sign off today on a recommendation to increase the penalties for murder in the country.

The recommendation was made last year by Director of Public Prosecution, Paula Llewellyn, after the Court of the Appeal reduced the sentence for confessed child killer, Quacie Hart.

Hart had been convicted for the 2019 murder of Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis.

Hart had been sentenced to life imprisonment with the stipulation that he serve 31 years before being eligible for parole.

However, on appeal, he had his sentence reduced to 23 years before being eligible for parole.

It’s understood that among the proposals to be signed off on by Cabinet is a plan to make death the prescribed penalty for capital murder.

Where the death penalty is not applied, the government wants to see the penalty increased to life imprisonment without parole.

It’s understood the government wants those convicted of non capital murder to serve a minimum of 45 years before being considered eligible for parole.

The move is the latest by the government in its ongoing efforts to reform the country’s laws related to murder and gun offences.

The administration last year passed and brought into force a new Firearms Act, which recommends a sentence of at least 15 years for persons found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm.

It’s expected that the government will also shortly bring to Parliament an Enhanced Security Measures Act to target known violence producers in the country.

The government intends to move quickly to have the new penalties for murder tabled in Parliament.