Prisons in Parliament

IPP sentences just “inordinately protracted policy-making?” Asks minister


The House of commons. Source: UK Parliament

Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here. 

IPP sentencing

Will the number of men and women serving time under Indeterminate sentences for Public Protection (IPP) be reduced? And if so, when? Asked Lord Beecham.

“Does IPP stand for “inordinately protracted policy-making” at a time of unprecedented problems of violence, disorder and self-harm across our massively overcrowded and understaffed prisons?”  he asked.

Baroness Goldie said a unit is being set up to speed up releases and they are working closing with the Parole board to process cases more effficiently.

“The number of releases is increasing and, thankfully, the population within this cohort is diminishing.” She said. Adding that “it is very important that we do not forget the obligation of public safety and that we are clear that any releases must be consistent with a robust risk assessment.”

Prison Watch UK spoke to Chair of the Parole Board, Nick Hardwick about what the Parole Board can do to reduce the number serving time under IPP and what steps the government should be taking.  Click here to watch the full interview.

Deaths in custody

In which prisons have deaths in custody occured in the last 12 months? And for what reasons? Asked Fiona Mactaggart, MP, (Labour).

One death, classed as homocide, in 2015, at:

  • Dartmoor
  • Doncaster
  • Long Lartin
  • Nottingham
  • Peterborough
  • Ranby
  • Sheppey: Swaleside
  • Wandsworth

Deaths awaiting further information at:

  • Altcourse
  • Brixton
  • Dartmoor
  • High Down
  • Liverpool
  • Lowdham Grange
  • Winchester

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