The Justice Secretary in insisted that officials are making “good progress”in their efforts to process the cases of thousands of prisoners left in limbo by indefinite jail sentences. Earlier this year, the Yorkshire Post revealed that more than 300 inmates in Yorkshire prisons are serving IPP sentences despite the fact they were abolished in 2012. Under these orders, offenders are required to satisfy the Parole Board that they no longer pose a threat before they can be released. But there are concerns about a backlog in processing their cases, with figures revealing that over 200 prisoners in Yorkshire have already over-staid their minimum tariff. The Parole Board has previously stated that it plans to release the majority of IPP prisoners – or “have clear plans in place that will enable them to progress” – by the end of the year. Asked by this paper whether he was confident that this target would be met, Justice Secretary David Lidington stressed that the board was “making very good progress” and the Government remains committed to getting IPP numbers down.“We gave Nick Hardwick and the Parole Board additional resources ADVERTISEMENT so that they could accelerate the pace at which they were reviewing IPP cases
He spent 11 years behind bars after stealing just £1.50 is trapped in the prison system, a court has heard.
Daniel Joseph Sayce was still a teenager when he was locked up indefinitely for public protection in 2006.
His IQ is so low that he can't manage rehabilitation courses in jail - and that means he can't persuade the authorities it is safe to release him.
Daniel Joseph Sayce remains in jail today, and London's Criminal Appeal Court heard the level of 'risk' he is believed to pose has not changed
Lawyers for the now 29-year-old, of Heath Lane, West Bromwich, said more than a decade in prison had 'extinguished hope' for him.
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Jez Unless Mr Lidington addresses the fundamental problem we will be stuck with IPPs in our prisons for years to come. The majority of the public still do not understand that even when an IPP/DPP prisoner is released the sentence does not end. Recall rates are very high. Perceived risk is the name of probations game. If it goes up, you go back. If they believe you have breached your license you go back. If you miss an appointment or perhaps just late. You could go back . Then you wait potentially indefinitely for release AGAIN. How can that be fair or just. What it is, is Inexcusable persistent persecution IPP
Cooke We need a minister with a totally fresh outlook and not one who trots out the same old platitudes...