Prison Sentences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th October 2020.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ten longest lengths of time have been that a prisoner has served longer than their original tariff as a result of serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection; and what the ethnicity was of each of those prisoners.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

As at 30 June 2020, the ten longest lengths of time post tariff and before first release which a prisoner on a sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) has served are set out in the table below. The same table shows the recorded ethnicity of each of the ten prisoners.

Our primary responsibility is to protect the public. A prisoner serving an IPP sentence will be released only when the independent Parole Board concludes that the risk to the public is capable of being safely managed in the community on licence. A prisoner serving an IPP sentence is statutorily entitled to a review of his/her detention by the independent Parole Board at least once every two years.

Ten Longest Lengths of Time Post Tariff and before First Release for IPP prisoners (As of 30 June 2020)

Days Post Tariff

Ethnicity

5223

White

5092

White

5087

White

4961

White

4911

White

4889

Black / Black British

4849

White

4824

White

4806

White

4802

Asian / Asian British

Notes:

The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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