Please sign a petition for victims of indeterminate sentences
Last August I posted a piece here about the scandalous injustice of “indeterminate sentences for public protection” (IPPs): it’s at http://www.barder.com/696. It prompted 37 comments, several of which starkly illustrate the human cost of this wicked system. One comment, by ‘Mary’, urged readers of this blog to sign a petition to the prime minister urging that a particular category of IPP prisoners who are especially unjustly victimised by the system should be released without more delay.
My blog post of last August is at http://www.barder.com/696
and Mary’s original comment on it, about her petition to 10 Downing Street, is at
(Please also glance through the other 35 comments).
Mary has now posted a further comment:
Thanks to S. Corker and any others who have signed. Only 8 days to go – can anyone else sign please?
It’s really easy – just click on the web site, open the email they send you and click where indicated.
Do please sign this absolutely uncontroversial humanitarian petition while there’s still time. As Mary says, it’s at
The petition reads:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to release all prisoners sentenced to an indeterminate public protection (IPP) order with a tariff of less than 2 years, and who would not since June 2008 have received one.
Submitted by Ms. Mary May – Deadline to sign up by: 29 October 2009 – Signatures: 225
More details from petition creator:
The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 introduced a minimum tariff of two years for prisoners serving indeterminate public protection sentences. The government made an error with the interpretation of the law regarding IPPs and approx. 970 prisoners were given tariffs of less than 2 years. To demonstrate justice these people should be released if they have served their tariff which generally was the same length of time they would have served with a determinate sentence. The judges passing the IPP sentences did not consider the offenders to be so dangerous that they should be kept in prison for lengthy periods or they would have given tariffs of more than 2 years. This results in more than 970 prisoners being kept in prison after the end of their tariff with little hope of release.
Several readers of this blog have signed the petition, for which she and I are grateful. But inexplicably, most haven’t, yet. It only takes a couple of minutes, if that.
The whole system of indeterminate sentences, a mealy-mouthed euphemism for preventive detention, is a black blot on our system of justice. But even if you aren’t convinced of that, you surely can’t justify keeping in prison the narrow category of people to whom the petition refers. Please sign up while there’s still time!