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Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences

Inquiry

For an update on the inquiry, please see the letter from the Chair here.

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.  

Note: The Committee will accept written submissions from serving prisoners by post - a maximum of 10 A4 pages. Submissions should be posted to: Justice Select Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. If accepted by the Committee, all prisoner evidence submissions will be made fully anonymous before being published.

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

Please note the deadline has been extended until 22 November.

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

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Monday 22 November 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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14 December 2021
Inquiry Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
7 December 2021
Inquiry Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
23 November 2021
Inquiry Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
IPP0056 - Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences
Witnesses Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence
IPP0059 - Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences
Witnesses Howard League for Penal Reform
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence
IPP0064 - Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences
Witnesses INQUEST
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence

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