The history of the sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) is an object lesson in how to mismanage sentencing reform.

This report describes the IPP sentence and its usage. It reviews the implications of the IPP sentence for those serving it and for the criminal justice system as a whole. It highlights the flaws inherent in the design of the sentence and the injustices arising from its implementation.

The report describes how the IPP sentence greatly expanded the scope for indeterminate sentencing and thereby created a range of problems with which the Prison Service and other parts of the justice system are today failing to cope. It concludes that there is an urgent need for the government to
re-examine the sentence and offers policy options to assist in any such review.

Download the report here