IPP Protest and Lobby - in Central Lobby-parlement 11am to 2pm then We March a short distance to the Ministry of Justice Ending at 3pm. http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/online-tours/virtualtours/central-lobby-tour/
Are chilldren allowed ?
Children are allowed. if you get there for the beginning the speaker always says hello to the children. https://www.writetothem.com/
It is your right to ask your MP to lobby for your Son Daughter other ...in parliment! Invite your MP to meet with you on the day of the Demonstration /March for the reason the result of difficulties faced with this IPP sentence. If your Mp can not come this day, you can still ask him to lobby for you.
A MODEL TEMPLATE AT BOTTOM OF PAGE.
Coverage and Attendees:
*There is usually a TV crew there everyday so could help get coverage of your fight
* Inside Times News paper will be attending covering the IPP Lobby.
* BBC will be there reason for a documentry
Mp,s, Not all have bee highlited :
* Gavin Shuker Labour and Cooperative MP for Luton South.
* David Evennett Conservative MP, Bexleyheath and Crayford . * David Ramsbotham who will table a topical question for that date, and hope,s that it is the one selected.
25th MAY MPs have go into the chamber to vote on urgent matters 650 (all of them) as Prime Ministers Ques. The house sits at 11.30 and parliament question time is at 12.30 .
We Lobby from
1) 11.30 to 1pm
2) Toilet & coffee break
l3) Leaving AT 2PM from parliment to March to the Ministery of justice ending at 3pm onward ......at the Ministery of justice.........
Be visable wear LORDS costume ,T shirts, print on them bring Banners. Flyers add IPP links that the public can read about the IPP in there own time. http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/mens-tudor-costume.
WHAT ARE WE REQUESTING ?
We are asking for both
1) IPP sentences to be converted into extended sentences, as I don't think that changing the release test will necessarily get rid of the "99-year-licence" problem. The Lord Chief Justice agrees!!
2) We are hereby requesting the Secretary of State for Justice to exercise their power to change the release test for the ipp prisoners .
The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 2003 introduced the sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP). Under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 the IPP was abolished. The government confirmed the situation as unsatisfactory and more recently Mr.
David Blunkett stated that the Labour Government “got the implementation wrong”. However, to date nothing has been implemented for those prisoners who are already serving this sentence.
If changes are not made it will take 8 years to clear the backlog of those already beyond their minimum term.
WE ARE DEMANDING A REVIEW OFTHE IPP
An effective system in place that works.
We are hereby requesting that the Secretary of State for Justice to exercise their power to change the release test under Section 128 of the LASPO Act.
WHY? YOU TELLL THEM!
Mismanagement of the IPP sentence, prisoners recall, release complications, health and wellbeing ……
A SNAP SHOT BEING
99 year sentence as being excessive and unfair, prospects. Recall will come to all if you live with a 99 sentence. Recall is very high .One death is to many but 16 IPPdeaths and numbers of hidden suicide attempts and life with depression one should not live with such an unjust sentence.
Be there this day and defend your love one they need you to make this change, speak up tell your MP why you want him to lobby for your Son daughter other, in parliament.
If you have a difference such as dyspraxia Dyslexia ADHD Asperger's other this sentence will have a huge effect on health . If your an IPP on the outside you can help make change and ask your MP to lobby for change. you may have been moved to another town this may have effected family life ? Do you or the rest of your family have a hidden disability this makes communicating just on the phone differcult and has torn the family apart . Maybe Your parents other cant afford to travel. Have you felt left and trapped without your family . You may have a hidden diffrence and be of race, gender with an IPP therefore collectively feel this sentence gives you know hope. You may feel aggrieved given a 99 sentence and this makes you feel how? effected mentaly over with a over tariff Son daughter other . Do you feel he or she is being held not because of the IPP but because of a disability or mental health and that they cant help or change, so you ask yourself how can one go forward. Do you feel discriminated against and feel iyour human right have been taken away.These above are just a snap shot.
Life sentence for minor crimes
The IPP was formed in 2003 though not applied until 2005. The early generation' IPPs had a minimum tariff of months, rather than years. Judges did not fully realize the nature of the sentence. Some prisoners received very short tariffs of months whom years later are still struggling with the unjust nature of the IPP sentence. Numbers have finished there sentence and are trapped in the system and others face a further dilemma maintaining their innocence both effectively blocked from progressing towards release by the Parole Board. None of these prisoners serving an IPP sentence has committed murder; these offences today would not attract sentences longer than a few years or less. Prisoners serving time for the same crimes today might serve two years. IPP prisoners are rarely achieve release as it is effectively impossible to 'prove' reduced risk.
The IPP has been one of the biggest messes in British
"you must fight back""
CENTRAL LOBBY ?
You are there to lobby Mps
WHAT CAN YOU DO AND NOT DO IN CENTRAL LOBBY ?
To be confirmed yet:Not allowed : large bags, Load speakers, Shouting.
YOU CAN LEAVE BELONINGS?
in the cloakroom facilities at Methodist Central Hall - which is in Storey's Gate SW1, a short walk from Parliament.
*""""""Wear Noticeable printed Costume,s bright T-shirts with messages, flyers etc
At Central Lobby, you will Enter Through
what is known as the St Stephens entrance to the Commons. Stewards will be available to help you. Before you queue for the security check, inform a police officer that you have a meeting arranged with your MP and show them any correspondence to this effect if your MP has sent it to you. This should allow you to go straight into the security checking area without queuing with the general public for tours of Parliament. Your MP or their staff will usually come to meet you in Central Lobby. You need to go to the desk in Central Lobby and ask the attendants to telephone your MP\'s office. Remember you will have to go through \'airport type\' security to gain access to Parliament –
on a busy day this can take at least 15 minutes - and you may need to queue until there is space. NB you cannot take large bags into the Palace, and ideally you should take as little as possible in with you as this will speed up the process. We will arrange cloakroom facilities at Methodist Central Hall - which is in Storey\'s Gate SW1, a short walk from Parliament.
What if you don't have an arranged meeting with your MP?
If your MP has agreed to meet you, but not given you any details of where and when, or if you have not already arranged a meeting with your MP, you will need to queue outside St Stephen's entrance. The police will only allow 100 people, including lobbyists and other visitors, into Central Lobby at any one time. Pass through the security check and proceed to Central Lobby in due course.
Once in Central Lobby?
Once in Central Lobby go to the desk and ask for a green card which is a request for your MP to come and meet you. This should be filled in and returned as directed. It is important that on the card you make a clear statement as to your reason for visiting such as 'to discuss THE IPP PARTICULAR ITS IMPACT ON …………………………..
This is very important because, if you do not manage to meet with your MP, the card will then be sent on to him or her. The MP should then respond directly to you in due course - clearly the more he or she knows about why you were at Westminster the better. The desk staff will take the card and officials will be asked to look for your MP and let him or her know that you are asking to meet with them. While you should wait around for a while, do not forget that lobbyists with firm commitments to meet their MP will be waiting to get in
so you should be prepared to give up waiting after 20 minutes or so. Disabled access If you are disabled, telephone the Serjeant-at-Arms\' office at the House of Commons, who will advise you procedures for entering the building (phone 0207 219 1000 and ask the switchboard officer to put you through to the Serjeant\'s office), The Serjeant\'s office do allow some parking where it is required by disabled people, but individuals will need to verify this with the office. It is usual for one of your MPs\' staff to accompany you once you enter the building. You will need to arrange this with your MP in advance. Please notify your union if you have any special ambulatory needs or require any assistance.
Meeting with your MP It is best to be as brief, clear. In particular have in mind what you actually wish your MP to do. If they send their researcher instead, treat them in the same way. There is a model letter you can use to tell your MP that you will be coming to London and ask to meet you. It is also worth giving your MP your mobile number, if you have one. This may help them track you down on the day.
You should thank him or her for taking the time to see you, establish how much time they have, have ready two or three points to make (give them a local dimension where possible) and most importantly ask them to follow up the meeting: * by raising your points with relevant ministers in writing and conversation * signing Early Day Motion MPs can sign to express support for the lobby it reads:
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MODEL LETTER TO YOUR MP
Don’t forget to include your full address as MPs need to know you are one of theirconstituents. It may have more impact if you write it by hand
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
PHONE NUMBER & MOBILE
As one of your constituents I will be coming to Parliament to Lobby you about the injustice of IPP Sentences. When I hope to talk to you in person and I would be happy to talk to you further about my concerns I wanted to give you some notice and ask that you arrange a time to meet me.
I will be in central lobby between 11.15 and 2pm on the 25 May 2016 and would be pleased to meet you at any time whilst I am there.
I really care about this issue because ADD PERSONAL STORY HERE or add the line this issue has deeply affected my family.
I am looking forward to meeting I await your confirmation.
Then do the following:Before hand to get the most MPS
1. send out all MP letters
2. call all the MPs who have had letter
3. call the local radio stations to tell them and to say if your MP has agreed to meet you.
4. call again - to get them to commit to a time
5. MOST IMPORTANT - REMEMBER TO ASK FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. MAKE IT REASONABLE / ACHIEVABLE AND CLEAR.
On the day inportant!
1. Call the MPs to say how much you are looking forward to seeing them and remind them where you are
2. Have a person ready to take photos and tweet all day about who turned up. Find someone good with social media and make it there job to live tweet. you cannot take phots in central lobby so have a plan about where you can take people off to (Westminster Hall would be good and you can take photos there)
3. Have a press release ready for every MP and match it with a picture that you send to the local paper
4. Send the press coverage with a thank you letter to the MPs
""Were did it go wrong: Video https://youtu.be/9veOsoOo6do
Everyday that passes brings us closer to victory & justice, everyday that passes would be one day less of his sentence, and one day closer to FREEDOM, Prisoners release is unknown, today is closer than yesterday, and tomorrow will be closer still, Our day will come, Release all serving IPP, post tariff never give up hope when hope is all you have never give up giving up when love keeps you going Never give up that one day soon ALL serving IPP prisoners will one day be FREE keep up the fight you are the Voice for every serving IPP prisoner they are counting on you to fight there fight they can take away are Freedom but will never ever silence IPP family's I will endeavour to attend Lords IPP freedom awareness march to justice FREEDOM,Conrad Asquit
WEB SITE IPP Prisoners Familys Campaign http://ippfanilycampaign.blogspot.co.uk/
FACEBOOK "IPP "Petition.Thank you for your support.
The Inspector Calls – March 2016
Inside Time highlights areas of good and bad practice, along with a summary of prisoner survey responses at HMPs Warren Hill and Leicester. These extracts are taken from the most recent Reports published by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.
HMP Warren HillCategory C adult male closed prisons
Managed by HMPS
Population:184 (October 2015)
Unannounced Full Inspection: 12-23 October 2015 Published: 09 February 2016
Last inspection: March 2013 (held boys 15-18 years)
Purposeful Activity Reasonably good Resettlement Good
” Well left and making impressive progress ”
Responses to 138 returned prisoner questionnaires:
97% IPP/Life Prisoners 6.3% Recall 22% Aged over 50 95% Treated well in Reception 38% Had legal letters opened 36% Food is bad or very bad 8% Don’t know who IMB are 91% Treated with respect by staff 21% Number who have felt unsafe 16% Victimised by staff 34% Difficult to see dentist 32% Easy to get drugs 8% Not engaged in any purposeful activities 3% Less than 4 hours out of cell 19% Don’t get visits
Warren Hill was closed as a boy’s prison in January 2014 and re-roled to a Category C adult closed prison with a Therapeutic Community to replace the one closing at Blundeston. In September 2014 it was further re-roled to pilot a ‘Progression Regime’ for those who had absconded or failed RoTL or community licences.
Inspectors were impressed at how the prison had coped and found a safe prison providing good care for new arrivals and vulnerable prisoners. Levels of violence and self-harm were low and this report says that the excellent relationship between prisoners and staff was at the heart of what is good at Warren Hill.
There is an informal and friendly reception area echoing an ethos of a professional and caring staff approach. All prisoners have a Personal Officer and Key Worker and, Inspectors said; “unlike many other prisons we visit this was a meaningful relationship, founded on decency, which aimed to encourage prisoners to take personal responsibility for their actions, and reduce their risk of reoffending.”
The weakest area of the prison was formal learning and skills provision which Ofsted rated as inadequate. In summing up Martin Lomas, HM Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, said; “Overall we felt that some impressive progress had been made at Warren Hill despite the amount and speed of change over the last couple of years. The progression regime had been developed from scratch to meet the needs of the group of prisoners who could no longer progress to the open estate, and it was showing real promise. The level of innovation was impressive, and we felt that many aspects of the regime and approach adopted could provide lessons to other prisons about how resettlement and risk reduction can be placed at the heart of a prison. The prison was very well led and was supported by an excellent staff group; this delivered some outstanding outcomes for prisoners.”
Adult male local prison with a resettlement function
Managed by HMPS
Population: 325 (October 2015) Unannounced Full Inspection: 28 September
– 9 October 2015 Published: 17 February 2016 Last inspection: November 2013
HMP Leicester is the 7th most overcrowded prison at 158%
Respect Not sufficiently good
Purposeful Activity Not sufficiently good
Resettlement Not sufficiently good
” Conditions have deteriorated ”
Responses to 144 returned prisoner questionnaires:
7.4% IPP/Life Prisoners 17.8% Recall 19.7% Remand 84% Treated well in Reception 43% Had legal letters opened 31% Food is bad or very bad 25% Don’t know who IMB are 80% Treated with respect by staff 55% Number who have felt unsafe 40% Victimised by staff 70% Difficult to see dentist 57% Easy to get drugs 41% Not engaged in any purposeful activities 63% Less than 4 hours out of cell 21% Don’t get visits
This is a poor report especially in relation to the safety of prisoners. In their report Inspectors highlight:
• levels of violence were high, including a very high assault rate against staff ;
• there was no strategy and no plan to reduce violence and intimidation;
• reception was grim and the management of risk and vulnerability were poor;
• levels of self-harm had increased by 50% since the previous inspection in 2013 and were now ve times the number in other local prisons; • the quality of support for prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm was inconsistent;
• new psychoactive substances and alcohol were readily available
• use of force was very high but arrangements to ensure accountability were weak;
• the conditions in the segregation unit were terrible;
• prisoners struggled to access basic necessities such as toiletries, clean clothes and bedding; • the time prisoners spent out of their cell was poor.
In summing up Martin Lomas, HM Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, said; “Overall this is a poor report. We found pockets, such as the gym, substance misuse services and the work of the CRC, where the prison was operating more effectively, but much of what we inspected had deteriorated. Managers were aware of the problems and data was being collected, but it wasn’t being used and problems were not being analysed. There were few meaningful plans to effect progress and we could discern no determination of priorities. Managers should start by making the prison safer and gaining control of basic operational routines.”
Commenting on the report Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “This report sets out in stark detail the catastrophic impact of over- crowding in prisons. Violence is rife. Prisoners can get alcohol and legal highs easily, but they cannot get the basics, such as toiletries, clean clothes and bedding.”
NEXT MONTH: We review the final prison inspection report of Holloway. An inspection that was underway as the decision to close it was being made.
Recently published HMCIP reports
Ashfield – December 2015 ‘A well run prison’
Hatfield – January 2016
‘A safe, decent and purposeful resettlement prison’
Leicester – February 2016 ‘Conditions have deteriorated’
Maidstone – December 2015
‘Unsure of its role in preparing prisoners for release and managing their risk’
Rye Hill – December 2015 ‘Performing well in most areas’
Rochester – January 2016 ‘Some deterioration’
Warren Hill – February 2016
‘Well led and making impressive progress’
Wealstun – December 2015
‘A well run prison but new psychoactive substances causing problems’
Copies of the most recent report for your prison are available in the library.