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Chair thanks respondents as IPP sentences inquiry receives hundreds of submissions from serving prisoners

21 January 2022

In an open letter, the Chair of the Justice Committee Bob Neill MP has thanked those who have submitted evidence to the Committee’s inquiry into Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences.

The inquiry has received over 500 submissions including hundreds of handwritten letters from prisoners currently serving IPP sentences.

The inquiry is examining the operation and legacy of the IPP sentence with the aim of identifying possible policy and legislative solutions. Despite being abolished in 2012, there are still over 3,000 people serving the indefinite sentence. Some 96% of prisoners who have never been released are past their minimum term, and 570 prisoners have been held in prison for over 10 years longer than the minimum term they were given.

The Committee is now reviewing all the oral and written evidence the Committee and will publish its conclusions and recommendations to Government in a report “later in the spring”. The Government will then respond to the report.

In the letter, the Chair said “thank you to everyone who has shared their experiences with the Committee, submitted evidence to our inquiry and engaged with the Committee. We are now working hard to review the evidence and to publish our report in the coming months.”

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