The prison system has been unable to provide the education and therapy judged
James Ward was serving a 12-month term for arson but while in jail set fire to the mattress in his cell and received an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) with a tariff, or minimum term, of ten months. That was 11 years ago; Ward, now 32, is still in jail.

April Ward, his sister, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme yesterday that he was constantly watched due to his self-harming, adding: “He’s literally sat behind a cage like an animal where (other prisoners) walk past and point and laugh at him. How is that humane?”

She added: “I know he’s got the plan to kill himself if he doesn’t get what he needs. If he doesn’t get released I know, I can just see it.”

Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Parole Board, praised the bravery of the Ward family for raising their concerns and told the programme: “I think the Ward family was very brave in coming forward like they did.

The description they gave of that young man in a cell, which will have iron bars outside it, with an officer sitting outside the cell so (they) can constantly watch the prisoner inside, that’s happening to hundreds and hundreds of prisoners and we know from the reports that are practically weekly on your programme that the prisons system is simply unable to care for prisoners with that level of need.

“We know IPP prisoners are three times more likely to self-harm as other prisoners. We need to get a grip on this problem.”

Thousands of inmates serving years beyond their minimum term

David Lidington, the justice secretary, was urged yesterday to “get a grip” on more than 3,300 prisoners who are still in jail despite having served more than their minimum sentence as set by the courts.
The inmates are serving indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP) in England and Wales, with 85 per cent of them having served longer than their minimum term or tariff.
Official figures show that 224 of them had served between six and ten years longer than the tariff laid down by the court. Forty-eight offenders given a minimum term of less than two years have been in jail for ten years or more.

Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Parole Board, said that hundreds of prisoners were in jail several years beyond their minimum tariff, and many were prone to self-harm. “The levels of suicide, assault and self-harm are unacceptably high,” he said. “It’s the fault of political and policy decisions that should have been put right two years ago.”

Mr Hardwick, a former chief inspector of prisons, urged Mr Lidington to take action, adding: “We need to get a grip on this. Michael Gove agreed to a series of changes and then was sacked before he had the chance to do it, when he was justice minister.” 

Katherine Gleeson

MOJ ? The Ministry of "no justice,is not worth the paper there writern on.  
The Parole Board? Have demostrated change however lack  support from MOJ.
David Lidington? The justice secretary has done nothing but pass the buck. He is the only one who can "STOP THE TORTURE ".  He has the power apply the Implementation of section 128 of LASPO .
If section 128 of LASPO is not appled the MOJ will do nothing like they have done nothing for years regardles of the protests from the familys, "So who else is left to blame?
I urge  David Lidington to do the right thing and use the power he holds to make change.