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Picking up the IPP pieces

The recent Strasbourg ruling that indeterminate sentences 
breached human rights was not unexpected, yet the ramifications 
for the UK government could be considerable, says Jill Lorimer

28 September 2012

Sentences of indeterminate imprisonment for public protection have been in the spotlight since their controversial introduction in 2005. Introduced by virtue of section 225 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the sentences are imposed upon offenders deemed to be “dangerous” according to statutory criteria. A minimum sentence – or “tariff” – is set by the sentencing judge. After expiry of ?the tariff, the inmate is eligible for release but only once the Parole Board has found that he or she no longer poses a danger to the public.

The prison system was quickly swamped with IPP prisoners and, even after the statutory criteria were narrowed in 2008, a huge number of indeterminate sentences continued to be imposed. Judges retained a small degree of discretion as to the imposition of an IPP and the reality is that indeterminate sentences were an attractive option for judges who – perhaps understandably – did not w...

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