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IPP SENTENCE UNJUST AND STUPID
IPP SENTENCE  UNJUST AND STUPIDBy Eric McGraw
The intention of the Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection, or IPP, was to restrict such sentences to serious violent and sexual offences..

The intention of the Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection, or IPP, introduced ten years ago by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett, was to restrict such sentences to serious violent and sexual offences. But in practice it has resulted in many people being sent to prison for offences that are relatively minor. Some 5,500 people are now in prison under this Act, and, with the courses they are required to attend having failed to materialize, they have received no release date. And of this number, nearly two thirds are being kept in prison for longer than their official sentence.

When the Act was abolished by Kenneth Clarke, the former Justice Secretary, two years ago, he called it a stain on the criminal justice system. Yet despite this damning verdict the effects of the abolition were not made retrospective. read full article

They have never had to scrimp and scrape like the rest of us
They have never had to scrimp and scrape like the rest of usBy Sid Wright...
The most brazen go into politics, the rejects go into the Civil Service and the bulk of the bone - idle turn up cap in hand at the BBC ”

Sink the redundant vessels
Sink the redundant vesselsBy Owen Davies
Ex lifer Owen Davies escaping the British penal system and returning to Australia

Chris Grayling at Policy Exchange
Chris Grayling at Policy ExchangeBy Jonathan Robinson
Jonathan Robinson went to the recent Policy Exchange ‘Ideas Space’ seminar and sent this report to Inside Time

Is Chris Grayling a sociopath
Is Chris Grayling a sociopathBy Jerry Hayes
Chris Grayling has achieved what many had thought was impossible. He has brought his former profession of public relations into disrepute.

Holiday camp prisons...really
Holiday camp prisons...reallyBy Stephen Jackley
Stephen Jackley looks at the hypocrisy around the British prison system

The book ban...
By Inside Time
Chris Grayling wrote a piece for Politics.co.uk defending his ban on prisoners being sent books. Here Ian Dunt highlights the questions and inconsistencies raised by his response

RIP the presumption of innocence
RIP the presumption of innocenceBy Paul May
In the March issue of this newspaper, solicitor Matt Foot and I reported on government moves to compensate victims of wrongful conviction only where they could conclusively prove their innocence

Supreme Court hearing bid for exhibits
Supreme Court hearing bid for exhibitsBy Louise Shorter
The much anticipated legal challenge to a police force’s refusal to allow new forensic testing on murder exhibits was heard at the Supreme Court..

...a black mark on British justice
...a black mark on
British justiceBy Simon Rollason Solicitor
Momentum is gathering, with pressure on both the Lord Chancellor and Justice Minister Jeremy Wright

Month by Month - April 2014
Month by Month - April 2014By Rachel Billington
Rachel is surprised by prison haute cuisine, wonders where all the HMP magazines have gone, and hopes that Chris Grayling will understand the importance of books to prisoners

Don’t suffer alone
Don’t suffer aloneBy Inside Time
Hearing Voices Groups could help you cope

The growing shadow of historical allegations: police interviews under caution
The growing shadow of historical allegations: police interviews under cautionBy Dr David Hockey
In the first of these two articles, we briefly looked at the problem with memory for events within periods that occurred in the distant past.

To apostrophe or not apostrophe
To apostrophe or not apostropheBy Bob Woffinden
Leading investigative journalist Bob Woffinden delves into the world of the least understood punctuation mark

A cure for verbal diarrhoea
A cure for verbal diarrhoeaBy Danny Cash
Notes from the other side of the wall

Are you on remand
Are you on remandBy Inside Time
The Prison Reform Trust is a charity that works to ensure prisons are just, humane and effective at reducing crime.

Fed up with bang up
Fed up with bang upBy Francesca Cooney Advice & Information Manager Prison Reform Trust
We are hearing that people in prison are being locked up for longer and we would be interested in knowing more

just another brick in the wall
just another brick in the wallBy Paul Kirk
Lecturer Paul Kirk asks: are basic education courses addressing the needs of the prisoner, or just a good little earner

From over the wall
From over the wallBy Terry Waite CBE
Terry Waite writes his monthly column for Inside Time

Don’t You Worry Child
Don’t You Worry ChildBy Andy Keen-Downs
In some prisons, Pact now has Family Engagement Workers,

What price justice
What price justiceBy Dr Ann Priston, OBE, JP, FFSSoc
The Government has rejected, almost entirely, the recommendations of the 2009 Law Commission reports Dr Ann Priston

Parole in the brave new world
Parole in the brave new worldBy Kristen Bender
Last month this space featured practical steps to assist prisoners prepare for their Parole Board oral hearing in advance. This month, as promised, please find tips for the day of the hearing!

The Deep Web – high tech crime at a new level
The Deep Web – high tech crime at a new levelBy Joseph Kotrie-Monson Director of Mary Monson Solicitors
Joseph Kotrie-Monson tries to explain the fastest growing and most complex area of crime worldwide

The rationale of recall
The rationale of recallBy Emma Davies and Christopher Lewis
Emma Davies, Head of Prison Law at Hine Solicitors together with Christopher Lewis of the department examine the recall process and procedure to provide guidance to those who have been recalled…

The exclusion of unlawfully obtained evidence
The exclusion of unlawfully obtained evidenceBy Aziz Rahman, Solicitor and Jonathan Lennon, Barrister
When a breach of the rules leads to evidence being excluded

Parole- IPP and lifer release- better hope
Parole- IPP and lifer release- better hopeBy David Wells
The Parole Board is in crisis and has been for years...



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April 2014 Headlines
> IPP SENTENCE UNJUST AND STUPID
> They have never had to scrimp and scrape like the rest of us
> Sink the redundant vessels
> Chris Grayling at Policy Exchange
> Is Chris Grayling a sociopath
> Holiday camp prisons...really
> The book ban...
> RIP the presumption of innocence
> Supreme Court hearing bid for exhibits
> ...a black mark on British justice
> Month by Month - April 2014
> Don’t suffer alone
> The growing shadow of historical allegations: police interviews under caution
> To apostrophe or not apostrophe
> A cure for verbal diarrhoea
> Are you on remand
> Fed up with bang up
> just another brick in the wall
> From over the wall
> Don’t You Worry Child
> What price justice
> Parole in the brave new world
> The Deep Web – high tech crime at a new level
> The rationale of recall
> The exclusion of unlawfully obtained evidence
> Parole- IPP and lifer release- better hope

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