Ahead of next week’s House of Lords report stage debate on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, the Prison Reform Trust has published a joint briefing with the Howard League for Penal Reform, Criminal Justice Alliance, Sentencing Academy and UNGRIPP. The joint briefing is in support of amendments relating to the sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection, due to be debated in the first half of next week.

  • Amendment 79: This requires the Secretary of State to establish an independent commission to consider proposals for reform of the IPP sentence within three months of the passing of the Act.
  • Amendment 80: This requires a direction of release at a person’s next Parole hearing if they have served the maximum available determinate sentence for their index offence or are ten years past their tariff expiry (whichever is sooner) unless the detaining authority can prove they pose an ongoing risk.
  • Amendment 81: This automates the process of IPP licence review and reduces the qualifying period after which an individual is entitled to a review form 10 to five years.

We are encouraging Peers to support amendments 79, 80 and 81 and also to vote for them if they proceed to a vote.

Click here to download a copy of the briefing.

 

Credit: Copyright House of Lords 2019 / Photography by Roger Harris