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This section houses UNGRIPP's archive of written journalism about

the IPP sentence. You can browse by year or by person.

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ITV News

No light at the end of the tunnel': Hundreds stuck behind bars under law abolished in 2012.  HERE

Hopes for Bury man serving indefinite jail term after calls for re-sentencing programme.  HERE

The Independent

MPs call for an overhaul of IPP jail sentences.  HERE

The Justice Gap

IPP scandal: prisoners stranded as ‘non-existent’ offences added to files.  HERE

Campaigners call for immediate release of IPP prisoners.  HERE

Inquest begins into death of ‘high risk’ IPP sentenced prisoner.  HERE

The Guardian

Dominic Raab urged to release prisoners jailed under abolished IPP scheme.  HERE

The Canary

A trans prisoner took his own life. His loved ones say the prison service is responsible.  HERE

No relief on the horizon for victims of cruel indefinite prison sentences.  HERE

The Economist

Too many British prisoners are still serving indefinite sentences. HERE

Inside Time

Bumbling Along.  HERE

MPs prepare IPP report.  HERE

IPP families Protest at Westminster. HERE

Pins and needles.  HERE

IPP protesters to march in support of MPs’ report.  HERE

On-the-run IPP prisoner speaks out.  HERE

Decision day for IPPs.  HERE

Only one in 35 prisoners joins an accredited programme.  HERE

Hundreds of IPP prisoners at local jails.  HERE

IPP protesters to march in support of MPs’ report.  HERE

Into the hot seat.  HERE

Offender management isn’t working, say inspectors.  HERE

Parole Board warned Raab his reforms make its job “close to impossible”.  HERE

BREAKING NEWS: MPs call for all IPP prisoners to be resentenced. HERE 

Fewer lifers progress towards open conditions.  HERE

Government set to reject IPP resentencing call.  HERE

Mercy plea to free IPP prisoners.  HERE

Transfers to open jails plummet by 90%.  HERE


Cambridge Coroner says alert system access poses risk of future deaths.  HERE

The Law Society Gazette

Left Hanging.  HERE

Police Oracle

MPs call for the end of the IPP sentence.  HERE

Lancs Live

'Model prisoner' found dead at Leyland prison after being refused parole.  HERE

Birmingham Live

Escaped Prisoner Phones Birmingham Live to say 'Jails driving me insane'.  HERE

Hull Live

Hull woman's despair as partner remains in jail 13 years after being handed sentence of only a few months.  HERE

The Sun

Banged up.  My brother was jailed for three years... but nearly two decades later he's still locked up and he may never come home.  HERE

Open Democracy

Families' plea over 'barbaric' indefinite prison sentences for minor crimes.  HERE

Prisoners ‘may have been refused parole due to fake crimes on files’.  HERE

Hundreds have spent 15 years in jail under abolished indefinite sentences.  HERE

People News Chronicle

The mental torture of Britain’s forgotten prisoners.  HERE

Russell Cooke

Banged Up! Indeterminate Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection.  HERE


INQUEST into death of IPP sentenced prisoner Lewis Powter.  HERE

The Bury Times

Bury man may be released after IPP sentences deemed 'flawed'.  HERE


Parole changes keep coming.  HERE

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Call for the release of IPP prisoners "without delay".  HERE

A Lawyer Writes

The law of unintended consequences.  HERE

Halesowen News

MPs call for an overhaul of IPP jail sentences.  HERE

Garden Court Chambers

Cambridge Coroner says alert system access poses risk of future deaths following inquest into the death of Lewis Powter.  HERE

News Week

'I Spent a Decade Working Inside Prisons, One Inmate Made Me Quit'.   HERE

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The Canary
Thousands still languish in UK prisons with no release date. HERE

The Times

There are 3000 lifers who shouldn't be in jail.  HERE

The Justice Gap
IPP prisoners should be resentenced immediately, says ex Lord Chief Justice.  HERE

Sky News
Indefinite prison sentences: Campaigners call for existing licences to be ended.  HERE


Prisoner served 10 years for theft of a mobile phone.  HERE

Imprisonment for Public Protection jail terms 'a death sentence'.  HERE


The hopelessness of the IPP sentence.  HERE

The Yorkshire Post

Re-sentence 3,000 prisoners caught in jail 'trap' inadvertently established by David Blunkett, MPs advised.  HERE

Inside Time

IPP: Creation, abolition and festering afterlife.  HERE

Amnesty International calls on UK to free thousands of prisoners held on abolished IPP sentences.  HERE

'Trapped in a crumbling System'.  HERE

‘Give IPP prisoners a release date’. HERE

Moving in the right direction.  HERE

Parole Chief calls for resentencing of IPPs.  HERE

UNGRIPP meets Secretary of State.  HERE

Prisons: The good, the bad and the ugly.  HERE

Outlaw does good.  HERE

Rise in IPP recalls during pandemic.  HERE

The time is now.  HERE

Decline in OB programmes.  HERE

Time to go.  HERE

I know we'll make the same mistake again.  HERE

Hundreds of prisoners take part in IPP inquiry.  HERE

IPP is a “disaster”, admits Lord Blunkett.  HERE

Resentence all IPP prisoners, says former Lord Chief Justice.  HERE

Psychiatrist tells MPs: IPP makes prisoners mentally ill.  HERE

Trapped in a crumbling system. HERE

Families share pain without end. HERE

Labour calls for cross-party consensus to end IPP suffering. HERE

'IPPs should be resentenced' - Parole Chief. HERE

Liberty supports IPP reform - HERE

IPP prisoners face cycle of release and recall - HERE

Man on two year IPP sentence dies in jail 14 years later - HERE

IPP licences lifted - HERE

IPP prisoner cuts off ear - HERE

Government changes policy on termination of IPP licences.  HERE

No plans to terminate IPP sentences.  HERE

MPs’ inquiry into IPP sentences welcomed by campaigners.  HERE

“Toxic legacy” of IPP sentences.  HERE

Families Share pain without end.  HERE

IPP: A move in the right direction.  HERE

A Winters Tale.  HERE

Minister denies IPP's are rough Justice.  HERE

Newsflash - United Group for Reform of IPP.  HERE

Prisons White Paper will focus on rehabilitation says Dominic Raab.  HERE

Desperately seeking solutions.  HERE

Make the rest of your life the best of your life.  HERE

Unique Individuals behind every statistic.  HERE

Praise the Lords.  HERE

Justice Committee Inquiry into IPPs.  HERE

The Wrong Approach.  HERE

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2010 - 2013


Economic Voice



The Justice Gap

What’s an IPP sentence.  HERE

The Guardian

Indeterminate sentences: a 'stain' on the criminal justice system.  HERE


Inside Time

IPP Continues to plague the prison system.  HERE


Inside Time

IPP update: government admits situation ‘not defensible’.  HERE

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Wayne Bell

Meet the inmate still in prison after nicking a bike 12 years ago.  HERE

John Cavanagh

‘I Tried to End My Life’: Covid-19 Exposes the Injustice of ‘never-ending’Prison Sentences.  HERE

Ian Hartley

I’m one of thousands of prisoners with no release date in sight – this is how the IPP sentence ruined my life.  HERE

The HMP kids: Damage done by IPP sentencing.  HERE

Personal account from IPP prisoner Ian Hartley.  HERE

Aaron Harris

Man who's been in prison for 13 years with no prospect of release under a now-illegal indeterminate sentence faces losing a leg due to severe self-harm as he struggles to cope with 'hopeless' situation.  HERE

Shaun Lloyd

Cardiff man given 'life sentence by back door' for phone theft.  HERE

Tommy Nicol

Man crushed by indefinite sentence drew a circle of blood before hanging himself.  HERE

Sister of IPP prisoner who took his own life calls for urgent action.  HERE

Charlotte Nokes

Charlotte Nokes's father: 'They might as well have thrown the key away'.  HERE

Charlotte Nokes: the brutality of indeterminate sentences.  HERE

I could well die in here': The story of Charlotte Noakes and the thousands still looked up on indefinite sentences.  HERE

Kiya Smith

My son stole a phone aged 17. Soon he'll have spent 10 years in jail for it'.  HERE

James Ward

IPP prisoner James Ward release is 'bittersweet' says sister.  HERE

Prisoner 'trapped' in jail for 11 years to be released.  HERE

Prisoner who has served 11 years on 10-month sentence to be released.  HERE

James Ward will be released 11 years after being given ten-month jail sentence.  HERE

Prisoner left languishing for 11 years following 10 month sentence to be released.  HERE

A prisoner who’s served ten times his original sentence is being released. But thousands like him remain inside.  HERE

Danny Weatherson

Man, 32, spent half his life in prison for trying to steal a coat and phone.  HERE

Dad of ‘trapped’ prisoner Danny Weatherson says jail lockdown is 'like lying in a coffin'.   HERE

Heartbreak for 'trapped' prisoner Danny Weatherson as he takes another blow in fight for release.  HERE

Prisoner who has served 15 years of 15 month sentence fears for life as coronavirus spreads.  HERE

Prisoner's emotional letter on 15th Christmas in jail for trying to steal coat and phone.  HERE

Heartbreak for 'trapped' Scotswood prisoner Danny Weatherson after parole hearing adjourned until 2020.  HERE

Anger as 'trapped' Scotswood prisoner Danny Weatherson's chance of freedom delayed again.  HERE

'It's make of break for him now' - Prisoner Danny Weatherson set to learn his fate.  HERE

Thomas White

Boy's powerful letter begging to see dad still in prison 9 years after stealing phone.  HERE

Can you help me speak to my daddy? Heartbreaking letter of boy, 10, whose dad has spent nine years in prison for robbing a phone.  HERE

Fears for dad in ninth year of 'soul destroying' indefinite sentence for stealing phone.  HERE

Lawrence Owen

Man, 27, given indefinite sentence for trying to kill himself in fire could die in jail.  HERE

Michael Presley

'I've lost hope' - Convict Michael Presley hits out in video after escaping prison.  HERE

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