Abolish The IPP Sentence Retrospectively
We would like to raise one hundred thousand pounds to pay for legal costs for a team of solicitors and a QC barrister to challenge the IPP sentence in London's high court to get the IPP sentence abolished retrospectively for those it was not meant for.
The Government only expected 800 people to be sentenced to the IPP, but because it wasn't implemented properly, thousands were wrongly caught up in the system who committed non-violent and minor offences which lead to 9,000 IPPs in the system.
Unless this sentence is abolished retrospectively, these IPP prisoners will continue to live in limbo, never knowing if or when they will be released, so this, in turn, will cause their mental health to deteriorate even more. As a result, their families and children will suffer more too.
The Indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) was introduced in 2005 and abolished 2012 but not retrospectively. Meaning almost 3,000 people are still locked up indefinitely.
Under the legislation, people would be sentenced to an initial tariff ( minimum time that must be served); after that point, their release would be considered by the parole board.
There are almost 3,000 IPP prisoners still in the prison of which 1,602 have never been released,
1,539 IPP prisoners are still in prison having served their original sentence and are years and years over tariff. 1,136 have been recalled for minor breaches such as late for probation, 10 minutes late back to the hostel.
We must remember that for every IPP prisoner, there was a victim, and through the victim awareness course, IPP prisoners were able to address their offending behavior through restorative justice, and restorative justice has been effective as IPPs have shown remorse.
Since the Abolishment of the IPP sentence in 2012, IPP prisoners see others prisoners coming into the prison system having committed the same offence as them or, even worse, a crime such as child killers and being released.
This leaves IPP prisoners feeling abandoned with no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel, causing mental health illnesses to be mistaken for bad behavior. Which in turn, denies the IPP prisoner any form of mental health treatment for many years in most cases. By the time there is mental health care intervention, it is too late for some, for which they will never be the same again.
These IPP prisoners whose mental illness has been mistaken for bad behavior have been locked up in solitary confinement as a punishment for their illness with no human contact for months at a time. And in some cases, up to two years, as we all know, those on social media will have seen a post on Facebook or Twitter saying " it's okay to talk" aimed at mental health support. These IPP prisoners can't talk to anyone .This has lead to thousands of IPP prisoners self-harm on a daily basis as they cannot cope with the indeterminacy of the sentence. 81 IPPs taking there own lives as they seen death as the only way out. There will be many more self-harming as your reading this.
Even Lord Blunkett, the justice minister who implemented the IPP sentence in 2005 admitted that he certainly got the implementation wrong and supports the IPP campaign to put this injustice right.
IPP Committee In Action estimates the cost of incarceration beyond the tariff to be over one hundred and twenty million pounds per year.
Thank you for taking your time to read this, and if you wish to learn more about the IPP sentence take a peep at www.ippcommitteeinaction.com
There is a video below from 2017 explaining the devastation and destructing this IPP sentence causes.
With your help in supporting this go fund me page, this would change the lives of so many families being able to have the opportunity to take the IPP sentence to court and hopefully make it possible to reunite these IPP prisoners with their families. A chance is all they want. To rebuild their lives reintegrate back into the community and give something back to society and a chance to move on with their families.
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