These prisoners are serving “intermediate sentences for public protection” (IPPs) because they are not deemed safe in the public until they have completed education and training programmes – which only accommodate 400 inmates per year. A prisoner in Erlestoke prison has been incarcerated for seven years instead of his seven-month sentence. The IPP prisoners cost the prison system £129m annually.
The most severe crimes
Prisoners are now suing Grayling and claiming violation of their human rights. Lord Berwick and others, including former Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Wigley, are pressuring Grayling to allow prisoners to convert to a determinate sentence. Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said: “We have no intention of retrospectively altering lawfully imposed IPP sentences – they were handed down for the most severe crimes, to ensure public protection.” Source: The Times