Briefing for Westminster Hall debate on IPP sentences
27 April 2023
“The Howard League believes the new Justice Secretary must reverse the previous decision to reject the Justice Committee’s recommendations on IPP sentences.
“It should particularly reconsider recommendations around introducing legislation reducing the qualifying period for terminating a license from 10 years to five and resentencing all people subject to IPP.
“When the Howard League surveyed prison governors about IPPs in 2013, 42 per cent were dissatisfied with their job because they could not adequately support prisoners on IPP.
“Immediate measures should be introduced to support those on indeterminate sentences, including increasing the regularity of health checks and improving the quality and provision of pastoral care.
“Legislation should also be changed to prevent people who have safely reintegrated into communities from being recalled.”