Change the release test and remove 'life licences' to remedy 'seriously flawed system', say prison reform charities

Change the release test and remove 'life licences' to remedy 'seriously flawed system', say prison reform charities

The government must end the 'toxic legacy' of open-ended sentences for current and former prisoners who are still being punished by the 'manifestly unfair' repealed law, leading prison law experts have said.

Introduced in 2005, indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPPs) were abolished in 2012 after being used more widely than intended. However, over 4,100 IPP prisoners remain in custody - about 5 per cent of the total prison population - unable to prove they are safe for release.