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Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection

EDM (Early Day Motion) 352: tabled on 05 September 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 14 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House expresses concern that too many men and women are trapped in the prison system with no fair prospect of release under the discredited Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), expresses further concern that it is ten years since the IPP sentence was abolished and still the sentence is not working; notes there are 1,554 unreleased IPP prisoners as at March 2022 and I,392 are recalled mainly for administrative issues and the numbers are rising so much so that it is predicted that the recall rate will outweigh the unreleased by 2026; further notes 72 IPP prisoners have taken their own lives not including those that have taken their own lives in the community once released, believes the IPP sentence is harmful to prisoners and has caused mental health illness for many IPP prisoners because they have no release date and no hope; and calls on the Government to resentence all IPP prisoners and ensure the help and support is out there to enable people to reintegrate back into society and become a worthy member of their community.