The best thing you can do to help those affected by the IPP is let your MP know that you care. We believe public pressure is the best way to get change. There are
lots of other things you can do too. Read about them below.
SHARE PEOPLE'S STORIES
Many people serving the IPP sentence have told their story publicly. Help us keep them visible by sharing media from our archive, and our Twitter project: The Forgotten.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Are you serving an IPP sentence, or have a loved one who is? Are you a professional working with someone serving the sentence? Were you the victim of someone who received an IPP sentence? We want to hear from you, and make sure nobody is forgotten, and everyone is heard.
2. WRITE YOUR LETTER!
We recommend saying four things:
1. What the IPP sentence is (see our summary)
2. Why you think its wrong (see our 10 reasons)
3. What you would like them to do about it (see our campaign goals)
4. Any personal experience you have, as a person serving an IPP sentence, a loved one, or a professional
Not sure what to say? We recommend using our template letter - download it by clicking here.
The letter is structured around our campaign goals, but we believe everybody should make up their own mind about what they believe should happen to the IPP sentence. Read our analysis of the options for change, if you are not sure about our campaign goals yet, and adapt the letter to reflect your views.
Read our blog post about why it's important to write to your MP about the Sentencing Bill.
FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE - SENTENCING BILL
A new Sentencing Bill will be debated in Parliament imminently. If you are a family member of loved one of someone serving an IPP sentence, we recommend using our template letter which specifically addresses the Sentencing Bill.
3. SEND IT AND LET US KNOW!
It is important that you write to the MP for your constituency, not the constituency that your loved one serving an IPP lives in (if it is different). This is because MPs MUST respond to people from their own constituency, but not from others.
MP'S WHO SUPPORT CHANGE
These are some MPS who have already spoken out about the IPP sentence. Let them know you appreciate their efforts:
Olivia Blake - Sheffield, Hallam
Richard Burgon – Leeds East
Christopher Chope – Christchurch
Tan Dhesi – Slough
Kate Green – Stretford & Urmston
Shabana Mahmood – Birmingham, Ladywood
Yasmin Qureshi – Bolton South East
Ellie Reeves – Lewisham West & Penge
Jeff Smith – Manchester, Withington
Jo Stevens – Cardiff Central