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Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences


As of 30 June 2021, more than 1,700 people are in prison serving indeterminate sentences for public protection, even though IPP sentences were abolished nearly 10 years ago. Some 96% of those prisoners have completed their mandatory period in prison (known as their “tariff”) and do not know when they will be released.

In this inquiry the Committee will examine policy issues surrounding IPP sentences, with the aim of identifying possible legislative and policy solutions.  

Please be aware that some of the written evidence published as part of this inquiry may contain content which some readers might find distressing.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

The Committee published its report on 28 September 2022. An enhanced summary of the report is available here.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Monday 22 November 2021.

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