Families are lobbying the injustice of the IPP sentence and informed that they need a majority of a 100.000 before you can be heard in parliament to stand a chance of tabling questions to the house.This will be challenging since there are 4000 families . The UK is not totally aware of the sentence or its existence.
I question why the FAMILYS have to lobby since the ipp sentence is an on going injustice the government are aware of little of the continuing problems surely they would want to know but the families are BATTLEING to demonstrate the suffering and despair by having to continually lobby there MPs.
What I found to more disgusting is HUNDREDS of MPs ignoring letters of pleas from the family's and don't reply and a lot of the Ministry of justice correspondence is repetitive with know transparency .
There has been accounts of Lords correspondence stating get a solicitor? The IPP is a specialist area and needs a barrister and but have they overlooked the government took away legal aid?
There are so many problems with the sentence it is causing despair as the ples are not getting through because of the obstacles put in place and as a resulted had lead to a record of deaths and attempted suicides because there unable to cope with this everlasting sentence and no end date .
The author, Bob Knowles, August 2011 has served 9 years on the IMB at HMP Wandsworth. He wrote in a in a personal capacity back then The rise, impact and hoped-for death of IPPs
IndependentI was only vaguely aware of IPPs when they emerged from the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 2003 and were first implemented in 2005. It was reading the expressions of despair and anger they provoked in contributors to a blog that opened my eyes to what this law with its taunting hints of freedom can do to people’s minds. The writers were nearly all family members and friends of IPP prisoners, struggling in the limbo of not knowing when if ever their loved ones would be released. They wrote stark accounts of personal despair and familial breakdown which filled countless pages of this blog from 2007 onwards and made me think that, as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) in a large local prison with its own proportionate number of IPP prisoners, I could perhaps offer occasional support to these people, many of whom were clearly at their wits’ end.
Lord Hurd of Westwell refers to ‘… the havoc caused by a pre-occupation with risk and the resulting ill-thought- through legislation. Independent Monitoring Board, from insidetime issue August 2011
31 May 2016
Sickening injustice Kafkaesque conditions for the release of IPP prisoners | Letters
Kafka could indeed have been invented for an indeterminate penalty of civil protection (IPP), but it is even more unjust as the article described in ( Defunct law that holds thousands of prison is branded absurd Clarke