The IPP has been abolishes 2012 it will not be given out by the courts anymore. We are asking for all IPP sentences to be abolished for all currently serving I.P.Ps; these are inhumane sentences. Currently serving IPP are experience torture of having parole hearings cancelled at the last minute, delays of 5 years over …tariff, their families never knowing when they will be home, and what mental state they will be in.The High Court has rightly held that it is illegal to detain people until they can prove that they are safe but yet deny them the means to do so. It is a life sentence in all but name. Inmates receiving a 4 year sentence are there 8- years later. The only real difference is that it can be given for far less serious offense. The Prison reform trust has come across people given tariffs for their sentence of just 18 weeks. The tariff, as in the life sentence, is the minimum time that must be served. It represents the retribution or punishment for the offense. But even after the tariff, the person remains in prison until they have done the courses necessary to demonstrate they are ready for release inmates cannot demonstrate this as the courses are not available and when accessible there is a waiting list of up to 2 years as a result of prison over-crowding. If given an 18 months sentence and six courses to finish it’s hard to comprehend how long it will take at know fault of their own. Other Inmates with learning differences such as dyslexia or other have not been permitted on the courses which is part of their sentence for release therefore there unable to meet criteria to get out. Even though they has served there tariff, unless they have done the course, the parole board won’t consider for release. “If and when ” an IPP is released they serve a sentence of 99 years on license and they can be recalled this can be done with impunity by probation even when such recall is unjustified or disproportionate. When they abolished slavery it was not on the understanding that existing slaves would be freed, they still had to live as slaves, it just meant that no new slaves would be created. So they have undergone the punishment imposed by the judge, but can’t be released because they can’t do the course that alone will satisfy the parole board that they are unlikely to commit a further offense. This trap — tariff served, no course available, no release possible, indefinite incarceration even though offense committed may have been minor — has rightly been denounced by all the prison reform bodies as well as by the Appeal Court’s. The whole concept of an indeterminate sentence which takes no account of the gravity or triviality of the specific offense for which it’s imposed is fatally flawed. Once the tariff set by the judge has been served, the offender has “paid his debt to society”, suffered his prescribed punishment, and ought to be entitled to be released. Continued imprisonment after the expiry of his tariff is no longer ‘punishment’, nor society’s retribution. Ministers responsible for this kind of gross abuse are principally concerned with their own backs. The government has given a little hope something will be done. We demand changes. Facebook -"IPP "Petition.Thank you for your support. https://www.facebook.com/groups/322989171073819/
Katherine Gleeson- IPP Mother with dyslexia, Thank you in advance for your support.