This section houses UNGRIPP's archive of written journalism about

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



ITV News

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

The Justice Gap

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

The Law Society Gazette

Left Hanging.  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

People News Chronicle

The mental torture of Britain’s forgotten prisoners.  HERE

Russell Cooke

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



The hopelessness of the IPP sentence.  HERE

Inside Time

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
The wrong approach.  HERE

Justice Inquiry into IPPs.  HERE

Praise the Lords.  HERE

Unique individuals behind every statistic.  HERE

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

Desperately seeking solutions.  HERE

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

Newsflash - United Group for Reform of IPP.  HERE

Minister denies IPP;s are rough justice.  HERE

A winters tale.  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

'Give IPP prisoners a release date'. HERE

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

IPP: Creation, abolition and festering afterlife. HERE

Trapped in a crumbling system. HERE

Families share pain without end. HERE

IPP: A move in the right direction. 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

Yorkshire Post

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

BBC News

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

Imprisonment for public protection jail terms 'a death sentence'. HERE

The Canary

Thousands still languish in UK prisons with no release date. 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


The Guardian

Why are so many prisoners in England still serving these cruel, endless sentences? HERE

The Mirror

Top Judge blasts U.K's indefinite sentence as most monstrous injustice of all time.  HERE

Everything you need to know about Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences.  HERE

SW Londoner

IPP population at near standstill for first time in five years.  HERE

Resilience. Understanding the journey from trauma to crime. HERE

Justice Rapport

The Forgotten – The prisoners who continue to serve abolished IPP sentences.  HERE

Inside Time

Requiem for IPPs and their families.  HERE

Essence (Kahaila-Reflex)

Imprisonment for public protection.  HERE

Prison Reform Trust

I'm always walking on eggshells and there's no chance of me ever being free. HERE

Comment Central

Indeterminate sentences are an injustice to all.  HERE


The Justice Gap

New legislation needed to ‘end the injustice’ of IPP prisoners.  HERE

Planet Radio

Exclusive: Dozens of IPP prisoners still behind bars in West Midlands.  HERE

The Guardian

IPP sentencing regime in England and Wales called 'deeply harmful'.  HERE

The Overtake

No escape: The mental torture of Britain’s forgotten prisoners.  HERE

The Vice

Thousands of Prisoners Are Stuck in Endless Limbo in British Jails.  HERE

The Church Times

Pleas made to release 2400 prisoners still held under IPP.  HERE

Inside Time

Completely unsatisfactory.  HERE


Prisoners Sentenced Under Now Abolished IPP Law ‘Give Up Hope Of Release’.  HERE

Press Reader

Man in jail for eight years out in time for Christmas.  HERE


Man jailed for stealing a bike at 17 is still in prison 12 years later.  HERE


New Humanist

A neverending sentence.  HERE

The Sun

INDEFINITE SENTENCE What is imprisonment for public protection, who is James Ward and how many IPP prisoners are there in the UK?.  HERE


The Week

Britain's IPP prisoners shackled with indefinite terms.  HERE


Imprisonment for Public Protection – What is an IPP prisoner?.  HERE

New Statesman

“I’m to blame”: Blunkett’s indefinite prison sentences and the thousands still locked up without hope.  HERE

Russell Webster

IPPs, Recalls And The Future Of Parole.  Here


Prison Watch UK

‘A living hell’ – the untold story of the partner of a man on IPP.  HERE

Belfast Telegraph

Prisoners serving 'discredited' IPP sentences 'self-harming in despair'.  HERE

The Justice Gap

Court of appeal turns it's back on IPP prisoners stuck in the system. HERE


Inside Tim

I was the first IPP prisoner.  HERE


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


Wayne Bell

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

John Cavanagh

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

The HMP kids: Damage done by IPP sentencing.  Read here

Personal account from IPP prisoner Ian Hartley.  Read 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.  Read here

Shaun Lloyd

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

Tommy Nicol

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

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

Charlotte Nokes

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

Charlotte Nokes: the brutality of indeterminate sentences.  Read here

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

Kiya Smith

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

James Ward

IPP prisoner James Ward release is 'bittersweet' says sister.  Read here

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

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

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

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

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

Danny Weatherson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas White

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

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

Lawrence Owen

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

Michael Presley

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