TO THE JUDICIARY

 
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Help us put an end to         

'the biggest stain on our justice system' 

 

WHAT IS THE IPP SENTENCE?

 
  • Between 2005 and 2013, 8,711 people in England & Wales were given a particular type of life sentence: the IPP.

  • Before 2005, life sentences were reserved for murder, and the most serious cases of manslaughter, GBH, robbery, and rape.

  • The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced the Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection, known as the IPP sentence.

  • The IPP was a life sentence that could be given for any of 153 crimes, including affray and criminal damage. Many of these crimes had never previously been given a life sentence.

  • In 2012, the sentence was abolished by the Government. But it was not abolished retrospectively. On 31st March 2022, 2,946 people were still in prison, serving an IPP sentence.

  • Apart from a handful of successful appeals, all people released on an  IPP continue to serve their sentence in the community, for life.

  • 304 (3.5%) of IPP sentences were given to people aged under 18.

 

WHAT IS IT DOING TO PEOPLE?

 
 

"Along the way there were lost files, rejected applications due to lack of information & a lack of any real systematic approach to supporting the rehabilitation needs of my brother.  He finally gave up hope of ever being released, he was found hanging, alone in his cell having never achieved the freedom he tried so hard to get."

IPP Unintended Consequences

IPP Unintended Consequences

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PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW

 

WRITE OR SPEAK TO YOUR MP

Let them know you care about the IPP sentence. Use our template letter, or write your own.

ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN THE EDM: 352

Ask your MP to support change by signing this EDM: 352

SHARE A SUMMARY OF THE SENTENCE

Many people do not know what the IPP sentence is. Help us raise awareness by sharing
our summary.

SIGN A PETITION

Several petitions have been launched to challenge the IPP sentence. UNGRIPP does not have one yet, but you can sign one of the others, to add your voice.

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.

GET IN TOUCH

Contact UNGRIPP to find other ways that you can support change.