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To: David Gauke - Secretary of State for Justice.

Release the Remaining IPP Prisoners

The High Court abolished indefinite prison sentences (IPP sentences) in 2012, yet there are still 3500 IPP prisoners, stuck in the prison system with no hope of release, even if they've served their prison term and passed the necessary training.

We demand that;
- The backlog of IPP prisoners is urgently attended to, and IPP prisoners are prioritised for release immediately.
- IPP prisoners are offered the specialist support - indefinite sentencing has a devastating effect on IPP prisoners mental health, sixteen IPP prisoners have committed suicide this year.

Why is this important?

IPP prisoners remain in jail indefinitely in England and Wales under the sentence of imprisonment (IPP), which was abolished in 2012 for future offenses. Many have long exceeded the punitive tariff imposed for the offenses they committed, in some cases as little as a few months. However, at present IPP prisoners must seek release on parole on the same terms as life sentence prisoners, although the Justice Secretary has a statutory power to establish a new release test. In several cases the European Court of Human Rights has found continued IPP detention to be arbitrary and in breach of Convention rights.

Lord Lloyd of Berwick, former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, said:
"There are thousands IPP people in prison who arguably shouldn’t be there and have no release date. A senior high court judge describes them as ‘the disappeared'...“This is a crime against humanity. We are talking about people here who have paid for their crime who have finished their sentence who want to return home to their families build their life’s back up”

IPP sentance is effecting the prisoners Mental Health

It should also be noted that apart from the IPP prisoners themselves, the real losers are their family and friends who are often left struggling to understand the realities of an IPP sentence often at a loss as to what to do about the nightmare situation in which they find themselves.

Further information:
1. The Guardian - "Former law lord says 3,500 prisoners behind bars longer than necessary" -

How it will be delivered

The petition will be delivered by hand.

Houses of Parliament, London

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Reasons for signing

  • Everyone has the right to no when they are coming home like my brother inlaws
  • Because it's not fair
  • My friend was sentenced to 25 months - served over 10years. He was recalled after 11 months, due to a missed probation appointment; We had both telephoned to say he would go in the next morning. Now served nearly 3years on recall, completed the same course twice over & seen other inmates who have been recalled & committed further offence/s, get released, then after a few weeks/months are back inside. He just gets told he is an IPP inmate so is just left there to rot - how is that justice!


2016-08-07 10:04:29 +0100

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