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Saturday, February 04, 2012

IPP sentences

IPP sentences

SHAD Ali believes that the type of sentence given to Jackson – an indeterminate public protection sentence (IPP) – should be abolished.

These type of sentences were introduced under the previous Labour government in 2003 and can keep criminals in prison for much longer than their sentence from the court.

Justice secretary and Rushcliffe MP Kenneth Clarke addressed the House of Commons in November last year and called for these sentences to be abolished.

At the time, there were more than 6,500 offenders in prison on IPP sentences – and more than 3,000 of them were incarcerated beyond their original court sentences.

Mr Ali said: "I don't believe the IPP is the answer. In too many incidents this type of sentence is being used as a tool to keep prisoners locked up and then the key is thrown away.

"I don't believe prison is offering these people the support they need to become rehabilitated back into society.

"In Glenn Jackson's case, what better person to offer him support than the person he attacked? Whatever his situation I am at least willing to try and make things better for him."

Mr Clarke's plans to scrap the IPP were backed in the House of Commons by 311 votes to 235, a majority of 76.

The reforms form part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which is currently going through the House of Lords and is due to be discussed next at a committee meeting on February 7.

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