Imprisonment for Public Protection jail terms ‘a death sentence’

Broken Prison Bars

source: BBC News
published: 19 March 2021

Aged 18 he committed three violent offences and was convicted. He was told the minimum time he’d be in prison would be three and a half years. But 16 years and 17 jails later he’s still there, “left to rot”, he says. He’s never had a bank account, never owned a smartphone and never used social media.

Speaking from the low-secure mental unit where he’s currently detained, he says he’s come close to “giving up. I was self-harming, getting into trouble, feeling really low and depressed, not knowing when I was going to get out,” he said. “It’s like a death sentence.”

Maroni is serving a sentence known as an IPP – Imprisonment for Public Protection – which were abolished by the coalition government eight years ago because they were seen to be unfair.

Yet there are still 1,900 people in custody in England and Wales with no end date and no idea when they are getting out.

Former Conservative Justice Secretary Lord Kenneth Clarke, who got rid of them in 2012, has told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme it’s a “tragedy” there are still so many people serving IPPs.

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