Prison Sentences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on the review of sentences for public protection; and how many cases have been reviewed to date.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Whilst HMPPS is focused on giving all IPP prisoners opportunities to progress towards release, public protection is our priority. According to management information held by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), over 1,300 case reviews of prisoners serving a sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) have been completed to date. These are psychology-led reviews designed to help post-tariff IPP prisoners, who have had at least two previous unsuccessful parole reviews and who have never been to open conditions or been released into the community. For this particular cohort, as of August this year, 131 such prisoners have subsequently achieved release, with a further 252 achieving a move to open conditions. More generally, HMPPS have been working to improve the management and progression of IPP prisoners for some time, which is evident in the increasing number of overall releases we have seen in recent years: 576 in 2016 and 616 last year.

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