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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

  • The petition of IPP Prisoners campaign, their members and supporters hereby declare that we are petitioning the house following the amendments introduced in the current Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill (LASPO)

    To The House of Commons
    Petition http://www.ippprisonerscampaign.com/petition.htm
    The petition of IPP Prisoners campaign, their members and supporters hereby declare that we are petitioning the house following the amendments introduced in the current Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill (LASPO) which lead to the abolition of the problematic and ill thought out Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP). In 2007 the green paper ‘Prisons with a purpose’ mentioned that ‘the prison service should try and deal with prisoners before the end of their minimum tariff’ and the fact that many Ipp prisoners can neither get onto the requisite course in their current prison nor be moved to another prison where a particular course, deemed necessary for the prisoner to show that they are no longer a danger to the public, is available’.  If they are able to obtain a place on a course they have often had to first be placed on an extensive waiting list. Currently these courses are a requirement for them to demonstrate that they have lowered their risk (1). They also continually face many other problems which include parole board delays and lack of continuity in offender management. The Justice Secretary showed that on 8th October 2007 the amount of post tariff IPP prisoners was approximately 400 and that this was 0.5% of the current prison population (1).Recent figures from The Ministry of Justice however show that as of 31st December 2011 there were 6162 IPP prisoners of which 3489 had passed their tariff thus those over tariff made up 4.049% of the then current prison population, this opposed to the previous 0.5% is an increase of over 800%. These figures demonstrate that although the plight IPP prisoners faced was evident no firm measures had been implemented and without these issues addressed imminently the problem will just continue to escalate.

    Due to this ongoing plight IPP Prisoners face, we the petitioners request that the House of Commons release on license all those currently serving an IPP sentence on or at tariff expiry, unless it can be definitively proven that the prisoner is considered a high risk to the public. For those that are considered such a said risk then plans be put in place and implemented allowing them the opportunity to lower their risk in a satisfactory manner.

    By signing this petition the petitioners are voluntarily offering their full support to the requests made within this petition.

    Please Return Completed Petitions to Amanda Goodall, IPP Prisoners Campaign, 24 Chevallier Street, Ipswich, IP1 2PD
    Due to this ongoing plight IPP Prisoners face, we the petitioners request that the House of Commons release on license all those currently serving an IPP sentence on or at tariff expiry, unless it can be definitively proven that the prisoner is considered a high risk to the public. For those that are considered such a said risk then plans be put in place and implemented allowing them the opportunity to lower their risk in a satisfactory manner.

    By signing this petition the petitioners are voluntarily offering their full support to the requests made within this petition.

    Petition http://www.ippprisonerscampaign.com/petition.htm

    Further reading on the IPP at-38degrees.uservoice.com  In  search engine add ipp prisoners. 

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