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Prison Sentences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many individuals are serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence in England and Wales.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The information you ask for is available in the public domain in so far as it relates to those serving the IPP sentence in prison; however, I have provided it for ease of reference. As at 31 March 2019, 2,403 prisoners were serving IPP sentences and who have never been released, and a further 1,063 prisoners were in custody having been recalled from the community.

Data on prisoners serving IPP sentences are published quarterly as part of the Offender Management Statistics bulletin: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/offender-management-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2018

It is for the independent Parole Board to review the detention of those prisoners serving an IPP sentence who have completed their tariff period. The Board will direct the release of these prisoners only if it is satisfied that the levels of risk posed to the general public are reduced enough that the National Probation Service and its partner agencies can safely manage them in the community under supervision.

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