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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah is not uptodate with the big picture a good reason why the goverment is in this mess in the first place.






During the past year, 760 prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPPs) have been sent back to jail after release due to breaching their licence conditions.

But these breaches aren’t necessarily dangerous: they can be as minor as returning drunk to an appointed hostel. And once recalled, widespread backlogs in the parole system mean IPP prisoners can face months of delays before a new review is even considered.

Nick Hardwick, chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales, said in a Justice Committee hearing on 18 October that this is now a “critical” problem.

Released IPP prisoners are too easily penalised

The 760 person recall figure is a 22% rise over the previous 12-month period, meaning more IPP prisoners are being penalised for breaching bail conditions. But the parole board states that more than half of these recalls are completely unnecessary.
Speaking to the Justice Committee, Hardwick said [10:38] of IPP prisoners:We are progressing or releasing 75% of the prisoners who come before us. About 50% are getting recalled. When we review that 50%, about… 60% we are then releasing. So that is… not an effectively working system. There is a real problem there… In my view, certainly on recalls… the test for getting recalled is too low

Get a grip’
The Parole Board has long come under fire for the delays in its releasing of prisoners. The Justice Committee hearing on 18 October revealed that 2017 is expected to see £1m in compensation payouts resulting from such delays.
But IPP prisoners face a particularly acute version of the problem. Not only is their first parole hearing potentially subject to delays, but the ease of their recall means they may face the same experience again and again. And the queues grow longer as more are recalled.
The IPP sentence was abolished in 2012 after the European Court of Human Rights branded it “arbitrary and unlawful”. But the ruling did not affect IPP sentences given out before December 2012, meaning many have remained in prison long after their initial sentence duration passed. At present, there are approximately 3,300 IPP prisoners in jail. Hardwick is pushing for the justice system to “get a grip” on the problem. But with the rate of recalls rising, he believes by 2020 that figure is likely to outnumber the 1,500 IPPs waiting to be released for the first time.

System failure

Prisons and Probation Minister Sam Gyimah, also speaking to the Justice Committee, said that IPP prisoners are “incredibly risky” and that he believes that “the system is working”. But evidence suggests that, at the very least, the system is not working for IPP prisoners themselves or their families.
And as the parole board itself is saying, the existing system is failing on its own merits. Prisoners being recalled for petty reasons that result in being released again months later is, as Hardwick said, a “real problem”. The added pressure of unnecessary recall slows the whole parole system, resulting in £1m being paid in compensation.
Prisons are in disarray. And as long as IPP sentences remain in place, there will be thousands unnecessarily weighing down and weighted down by this chaotic system. Many are years beyond their original sentence. Set them free.
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Prisoners are recalled for non offences how can Sam Gyimah, the prisons and probation minister, defend the recall system, saying it struck the "right balance? Probation is the failing service for the vulnerable and it is clear to all who lacks the balance

  • 18 October 2017



A prisoner in a cell

More than half of prisoners freed after serving controversial indeterminate sentences for public protection are being sent back to jail for breaching licence conditions, MPs have been told.
Giving the figures in Parliament, Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales, said the matter had now become a "critical" issue.

In the last year, 760 IPP inmates were recalled - up 22% from the year before.
Monitoring of those released had been "lacking", the prisons minister said.

What are IPP sentences?

Introduced by Labour in 2005, they were designed to ensure that dangerous offenders remained locked up until it was safe for them to be let out.
Under the system, prisoners were given a minimum term - or tariff - which they would have to serve before the Parole Board then decided whether to free them on licence.
However, hundreds of inmates found themselves locked up for years beyond the end of their tariff after finding it hard to access rehabilitation courses in custody in order to demonstrate they no longer posed a risk.
Courts were banned from imposing IPPs in 2012. However, 3,300 IPP prisoners remain in custody, 51% of whom are more than five years over the end of their tariff.
The Parole Board and the Ministry of Justice have taken measures to ensure IPP offenders can access courses more easily and are better prepared for their parole hearings.

What is the problem now?

Currently, 75% of those whose cases are heard are let out or transferred to an "open" prison - which is usually a step to the road to release.
But speaking at the House of Commons Justice Committee, Mr Hardwick said: "The most significant issue with the IPP problem now is that more than 50% are being recalled, not necessarily because they've committed another offence, but because they've broken their licence conditions - and that's a real problem. 

These can be for forgetting an apoitmernt with probation

"So, we're letting them out, but they're getting recalled often for relatively minor breaches of licence," he said.
Mr Hardwick said IPP offenders were being sent back to prison for turning up drunk at their bail hostel - even though that presented no risk to anyone.
When they return to prison, the Parole Board has to again assess each case to decide if they are safe to be freed.
Mr Hardwick said 60% of recalled offenders were let out for a second time.








Photo of Sam GyimahImage copyright UK Parliament
Image caption Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah defended the system of recall


However, he warned that by 2020 the number of IPP prisoners sent back to jail was likely to be more than the 1,500 still waiting to be released for the first time.
Dealing with the problem was out of the Parole Board's hands, he argued.
"The Parole Board can do its part of the job... but that depends on there being the facilities in the community to manage them properly when they're out there and it depends on probation having a consistent view of risk with us - and there's a mismatch out there."

What does the government say?

Sam Gyimah, the prisons and probation minister, defended the recall system, saying it struck the "right balance" and prisoners would be sent back if the nature of the licence breach directly related to the risk they posed and their original offending.

"These people are incredibly risky," he said.
The minister said in future more IPP prisoners would be electronically tagged on release to ensure they comply with the terms of their licence and there would be other "innovations" to improve their management in the community.

"I put my hand up - that was lacking initially," he said.
Asked whether the government would consider new legislation to re-sentence IPP prisoners or take other legal steps to speed up the process of their release, Mr Gyimah said "all options are under review".
However, he gave a clear indication that it was unlikely to happen, adding: "The system is working."
The committee also heard that the Parole Board expects to pay prisoners a million pounds in compensation this financial year for delays in hearings and decisions.
In 2016-17, 578 prisoners received a total of £938,000, which was almost double the figure the previous year.


Comments 



Ford Thanks for this, Donna. Seemed to me Hardwicke doing his best to say probation is benighted, but politely because he has to work with them, some committee members asking incisive questions then allowing themselves to be fobbed of by that crass prisons minister on IPP: "It's the law", but a bad law doesn't stop being a bad law because nobody prepared to do anything about it - not only is this callous man content to leave men in prison for 10 years+ followed by 10 years on licence, by which time their life is blighted, but seems to think the outrageous number of recalls is acceptable, the MoJ itself putting as a reason failure to remain in contact, so not seeing your 'offender manager' looks the equivalent of a criminal offence so back to jail you go, as if there wasn't enough cause for despair already. No wonder 50% of IPPs mutilate or kill themselves. Probation have too much power, ministers couldn't care less so this was a useless talking shop that will change nothing for those holding on to sanity while important people talk about 'risk 'which can't be measured, courses which even MoJ says are discredited and a prison system bursting at the seams because it's easier to live with Ken Clarke's "stain on the justice system" than have the inconvenience of doing anything about it - no wonder politicians are held in such contempt.

I think he would argue it's lawful because tho. abolished 2012, not retrospectively, so still lawful for those locked up before that, which produces the despicable situation that if one committed a similar offence now the punishment might be 18 months and that's it, but same thing in 2008 for example, you have an indeterminate sentence and the possibility of seeing people in for the same kind of offence come and go while you stay inside for years and years in a concrete box for up to 23 hours a day -, this is a circle they don't want to square because it doesn't affect them and I imagine are too lazy to be bothered, yet are supposed to be representing 'Justice'. Hypocrites.
These people live in a parallel universe where reality and other people's suffering does not touch them
 
Milton  I thought Nick Hardwick and Martin Jones were totally plausible totally focused on what their aims were and how they were going to achieve them and like you I also felt they were laying the problem with the recalls firmly at probation services door.
Sam gyimah keep repeating "lawful sentence" was ridiculous we all know it was a lawful sentence when it was given but it's not a lawful sentence now so the question is "what are you going to do about it now " because it's not going away any time soon and he didn't have any acceptable answer typical politician who doesn't realise these are not just facts and figures these are real people with real lives .
How it's acceptable to abolish a sentence that breeches human rights and not do anything respectively is beyond me.if you create a problem such as IPP you should have a duty to clear up the legacy left behind not just ignore it and hope it will quietly go away on its own because it won't and real people's lives are being wasted and sadly lost because of it. sad but true!

I may lack a seat in parliament or the title of CEO of some board or other but I hope I never lack the ability to differentiate between what is just and what is not.
 let down on release by completely risk obsessed probation services devoid of any common sense who rather than support and encourage treat the offender with mistrust and suspicion somebody needs to explain to them for the process to work successfully trust and honesty has to be a 2 way thing.

Biamonti Interesting to hear what the current position is And numbers involved. Also how recall is recognised as problematic.

Jez  The recall rate is exacerbating the prison crisis. There's next to no spare capacity and yet they still keep sending people back. Prisoners are so demoralized and distressed at being recalled for such petty things as being late for a probation meetings that they are self harming and committing suicide like the young lad Mac Maltby in Nottingham prison. He was just 22 😢 An ipp has to face a prospect that if he/she is recalled there is no light glowing to signal an end to their never ending nightmare. If that's not torture I don't know what is. An urgent change needs to occur for the test for recall. If they don't make it quick they are simply going to run out of room. You can't help people reintegrate back into the community if they are constantly living in fear of recall. Please excuse my rant

R Howard I have just watched the broadcast & agree totally with you Donna Milton. My step-son is 8 years+ over tariff & his mood swing between anger & depression over this, which is totally understandable. I found Sam Gyimah very fixed in his views about IPP sentences & not really wanting to consider that some prisoners were given a 'sledge hammer sentence' to cover a 'walnut crime' which has ended up doing more harm than good & created social & mental problems which have subsequently not been dealt with. Nick Hardwick & Martin Jones talked sense & realise the problems on both sides of the fence, showing insight & having action plans.
S Howard My daughter dad is into his 10th year! He got a 6 year tarrff, appealed & dropped to 3 & half, its soo sad for all effected <3 My daughter has serious anger issues due to the situation with her dad, she's been let down over the years, the system has failed all IPP priosners & their familes!! Its awful, he's 49 now!! 50 in July, he says its all the younger blokes fighting nonstop, he's too old for it .. we do the sentence with them, that's for sure. Thankyou for the kind words <3 This footage gives a bit of hope at least!! Its inhumane, no release date = nothing to work towards at times! You keep strong too xxx


Ruth Howard I agree with you totally, this sentence has far reaching effects. My step-son's tariff was 3 years & has done 11+ - so unfair, their issues should have been treated so that they could progress & get back into the world. Your poor daughter, I hope she is getting some help with her issues. We have just got to stick together & keep pushing for some resolve xxx


Boden From my viewing of the interviews it seems that (a) Nick Hardwick has given up hope of a legislative change, is hoping numbers will go down gradually through release of lower/medium risk offenders but realises that the numbers being released are being hampered by recalls. (b) The Ministry have no intention of taking up any of Nick Hardwicks recommendations regarding IPPs and they are relying on 'progression' to reduce the numbers. He agreed to go away and 'discuss' recalls and feedback to the Justice Committee.

Milton totally agree Nick Hardwicke seems to knows he's on his own with this but he does appear to have a clear but slow plan due the constraints placed on the parole board by the MOJ










 BBC NEWS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41669070

Friday, 20 October 2017

I attended the Investigation  into the Parole  board on the 18th October 2017 .The Justice Committee
was examining the effectiveness of the parole system and the circumstances of people serving indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP prisoners) see parliament TV link at bottom of page.




Ellie Reeves- Labour on justice ,Victoria Prentis- Conservative on justice committee, Laura Pidock David Hanson and John Howell being a snapshot.


 Sam Gyimah Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice.



I asked both Nick and Martin what they thought would put an end to the IPP finally? Both said a change in policy.

Left Martin Jones , Nick Hardwick and Katherine Gleeson


Following up the National Audit Office’s February 2017 report Investigation into the Parole Board, the Committee will be asking about measures taken by the Parole Board and the Ministry of Justice to improve the effectiveness of the Board and the parole system which it administers.The Committee will also be asking about the particular circumstances of people serving indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP prisoners) who have served more than their tariff, and about steps which the Parole Board and the Ministry have taken, and could take in the future, to address their situation. wirnesses
Professor Nick Hardwick, Chair, and Martin Jones, Chief Executive, Parole Board of England and WalesSam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation, Ministry of Justice.

Notations taken on the day  

First i have to say it was frustrating I felt  the panel could of ask more pressing questions so I would urge families and the public to write to the committee  and ask them to  consider further  question you want the committee to ask the parole board. Ive  heard the Committee  don’t examine personal cases but will consider question that can be put to the enquiry.  

The panel asked Nick Hardwick when you have problems do you share them with Minsters?  Nick Hardwick said often. I had spoken to David Langton, Sam Gyimah the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice.
The panel called in witness Sam Gyimah he said he had good relations with Nick Hardwick and Martin Jones. The panel asked have you ever spoken to nick Hardwick on the problems? no he said.    Panel asked Sam Gyimah how much you gave to parole board? He said depends on what they need, we gave to million to train new members. 16-8 million we have responded to parole board’s needs.  Parole board said a further millions of public money went on compensation for delays. The panel said this was too high how do we get this downThe parole board said get faster hearings and working speedily with other agencies.
Parole also mention that the prisons can’t get reports together but they have an action plan in place.
Panel said is there a time scale? um, referee to  minutes of meeting.  Sam Gyima was asked for figures which he did not have. Sam Gyimah did not seem to be with it he must of know what the panel would ask for figures yet he did not have them?
 The panel  him would you agree a bill will sort out all the  problem with the IPP? Sam Gyimah reply's this would be complicated and take too long but could be considered.

Parole board Figures 3.300 IPP prisoners. Released this year 500 hope for another 500 by the end of this year. Recall 500 cases waiting for a hearing. The said to parole board 520 cases last year 204 cases this year you’re a fault for some of this can you do better?
Parole board we have been at fault for some of this and we need to improve.
The panel asked the parole if you were fully efficient system what the rate would be Marin jones reply’s 20% Hardwick disagreed because the report want be significant enough half the cases referred because of cases not written up by offender mangers. 
The panel said that not good enough situation how you going about tackling that problem? Parole board said making sure when asked for a report it is going to add value to their case. To know about the delay in time. Not waiting for third party to come up with the goods. We are working with 6 prisons at the moment how to get sufficiency in the system.  key reasons for delays:, resources, staff member no longer in posts, not enough psychologist, technology ,staff not doing there work, access to programs , critical of ROTAL

Probation said they will try to get it the figures down 1,500 by 2020 but this depends on the facilities? The panel said why did you take too long to recruit staff members? Parole board said we have a recruitment drive 2016 he mention some members where not doing as much as they should. They were going to have a better monitoring of members moving to a system of monitory. We will also look the impact of mental health on staff. 

The panel said delays and litigations how you see that per portion. Damages they have sorn up millions of pounds this year in compensation a proportion of the expenditure. One panel member cut In surely you can simplify compensation so that prisoners don’t need solicitors, why not make the area more transparent.
·         Mentioned, prisoner were  50% 5- 8years or more over tariff
·         That a IPP progression unit has been set up to progress.

·        Mentioned, shortish of psychologist the area is not working. 
 panel asked Sam Gyima for figures who couldn't give them and said he would forward the figures at a lather date.
·         Mentioned was the complexes of needs.
·        Mentioned was the differcuties with the licence conditions and that probation should look at the thresh hold of recall as we don’t want a revolving door.
·         50% recall
·         Released 42 0n paper progress figures is said to be 75%
·       Said was too much reliance was put on agency’s probation had to form a new relationship with other agency.
Personally the goal post of dates seem to be changing that’s a red flag!

Watch on Parliamentlive.tv the Investigation into the Parole board


Comments
Ford Seemed to me Hardwick doing his best to say probation is benighted, but politely because he has to work with them, some committee members asking incisive questions then allowing themselves to be fobbed of by that crass prisons .minister on IPP: "It's the law", but a bad law doesn't stop being a bad law because nobody prepared to do anything about it - not only is this callous man content to leave men in prison for 10 years+ followed by 10 years on licence, by which time their life is blighted, but seems to think the outrageous number of recalls is acceptable, the MoJ itself putting as a reason failure to remain in contact, so not seeing your 'offender manager' looks the equivalent of a criminal offence so back to jail you go, as if there wasn't enough cause for despair already. No wonder 50% of IPPs mutilate or kill themselves. Probation have too much power, ministers couldn't care less so this was a useless talking shop that will change nothing for those holding on to sanity while important people talk about 'risk 'which can't be measured, courses which even MoJ says are discredited and a prison system bursting at the seams because it's easier to live with Ken Clarke's "stain on the justice system" than have the inconvenience of doing anything about it - no wonder politicians are held in such contempt
 Milton spot on Mike I thought Nick Hardwick and Martin Jones were totally plausible totally focused on what their aims were and how they were going to achieve them and like you I also felt they were laying the problem with the recalls firmly at probation services door.
Sam gyimah keep repeating "lawful sentence" was ridiculous we all know it was a lawful sentence when it was given but it's not a lawful sentence now so the question is "what are you going to do about it now " because it's not going away any time soon and he didn't have any acceptable answer typical politician who doesn't realise these are not just facts and figures these are real people with real lives .
 Ford I think he would argue it's lawful because tho. abolished 2012, not retrospectively, so still lawful for those locked up before that, which produces the despicable situation that if one committed a similar offence now the punishment might be 18 months . I think he would argue it's lawful because tho. abolished 2012, not retrospectively, so still lawful for those locked up before that, which produces the despicable situation that if one committed a similar offence now the punishment might be 18 months and that's it, but same thing in 2008 for example, you have an indeterminate sentence and the possibility of seeing people in for the same kind of offence come and go while you stay inside for years and years in a concrete box for up to 23 hours a day -, this is a circle they don't want to square because it doesn't affect them and I imagine are too lazy to be bothered, yet are supposed to be representing 'Justice'. Hypocrites
Milton how it's acceptable to abolish a sentence that breeches human rights and not do anything respectively is beyond me.
if you create a problem such as IPP you should have a duty to clear up the legacy left behind not just ignore it and hope it will quietly go away on its own because it won't and real people's lives are being wasted and sadly lost because of it.



Dame Stacey response to a Family of an IPP prisoner. The letter lacked transparency and did not answer the question.




21 Septermber  2017 Letter from an IPP family to Dame Stacey inspecter of probation.




PRISON SAFETY AND REFORM 2017
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/treasury/Correspondence/Letter-dated-28-Feb-2017-from-Sam-Gyimah-on-Prison-safety-and-reform.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/safety-in-custody-statistics.

 Justice Committee examines work of the Parole Board http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news-parliament-2017/evidence-session-work-of-the-parole-board/

IPP prisoner may “require” that his case should be referred to the Parole Board, ... to levels consistent with release into the community ...https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldjudgmt/jd090506/james-5.htm

serving public protection sentences http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&max=20&questiontype=AllQuestions&house=commons%2clords&member=4425&dept=54

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

IPP, Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee

                   

October 17, 2017   

             


15 years ago Hassan Khan (Prisoner Number: A1187AK) was convicted of robbery and got a IPP “two strikes” sentence – a mandatory life sentence for people convicted of a second  offense. This sentence carried a 4 year 166 days minimum tariff but he has been inside for 15 years.
He grew up in care in Birmingham and has a Pashtun Father and a Welsh Mother. He had a very troubled childhood with his problems with the law starting at 8 years old. He sued West Midlands Police, having been framed by them and was awarded £23,000 damages. Not long after winning this case he was set up a second time by a corrupt police officer who planted evidence on a crime scene setting him up for a robbery he didn’t commit.

A close relative of Hassan’s stated that:
The system has never forgiven Hassan for exposing, through a landmark case, a corrupt West Midlands Serious Crime Squad as liars, falsifying statements and tampering with vital evidence. This eventually led to many innocent people, like the Birmingham 6 for example to be released. The ‘brotherhood’ within the judicial, legal and police system has never forgiven him for that.”



Image result for hassan khan miscarriage of justice
Hassan with two of his sons

Hassan has spent 15 years behind bars this November. He faces an impossible situation – his security file in his parole dossier, that will be used to make the decision to release him or not, is full of racist lies alleging he is connected to Muslim gangs, Isis, and dealing drugs and phones. These lies are complete nonsense and the prison won’t even tell Hassan where this “intelligence” came from. Hassan has no way of challenging their racialised accusations against him.
He has 4 grown up sons in north Wales and desperately wants to be part of their lives. His mental health has deteriorated to the point he wants to give up hope but he has kept his resolve and has undertaken several lengthy hunger strikes to protest about his situation. Hassan needs to be released immediately to a hostel or his friend’s house in North Wales so that this 63 year old man can try and salvage his relationship with the children he has missed growing up due to the corruption of the racist West Midlands Police. This is our campaign goal and we are asking people to contact HMP Gartree where he is imprisoned.

These are the Guardian articles outlining the way he was set up – twice.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/jun/01/hassan-khan-miscarriage-police-set-up
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/nov/04/sunglasses-armed-robbery-missing

Why Hassan needs us to take action:
Hassan has a parole hearing coming up on the 19th of October. Despite him doing his best to comply with the prison system his security file that the parole board will read is full of racialised lies about him because of his ethnic background and because he is a practicing Muslim.  He cannot progress through his sentence when coming up against the lies like this – especially in the current political climate. Hassan belongs with his family in north Wales. He wants to go and live with his friend who is in poor health and support him.

Life in prison is taking its toll on Hassan – he has written an autobiography called “A Wasted life.” which the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee are hoping to publish as a booklet.
Hassan needs us to act NOW! His parole is imminent (on the 19th of October) and this will be the only chance to set him free in the next 2 years. He has been considering that if he does not get parole he will undertake a hunger strike until death.

What you can do:
You can only write by letter – and all letters need to be received by the 17th of October, please post your letters to arrive by this date.

Write to the Governor of HMP Gartree voicing your concerns about his situation and that he should be released. You can find a template below but we recommend you put this into your own words if possible as it will have much more of an impact. Please let the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee know if you’ve written to them so we know people are responding and fighting for Hassan.

Address: HMP Gartree
Gallow Field Road,
Market Harborough,
Leicestershire,
LE16 7RP

Dear Govenor Ali Barker
I am writing to express my deep concern about prisoner Hassan Khan who is currently in HMP Gartree. He is a “2 strikes” prisoner over a decade over tariff, with a parole hearing coming up on the 19th of October.

It has emerged that his security file is littered with Islamophobic and racist lies. It is a travesty that someone like Mr Khan who is in prison with his case now at appeal centering on allegations of police corruption, and that now, after 15 years in prison – over 10 years over his original tariff is being obstructed in the progression of his sentence by these baseless accusations. This is having serious consequences for Hassan’s friends, family and Mr Khan himself. These false statements are likely to be obstructing Hassan’s progression in his sentence.

He is serving an indeterminate sentence and denying him a fair hearing is literally putting his life in danger, him having peacefully protested in the past with several hunger strikes at the injustice of his situation, not to mention this having a knock on effect on his progression.

I ask with urgency for you to investigate why Hassan’s security file is full of these utter lies and for the officer(s) alleging these things against him to be investigated for a form of institutional racial abuse.

Hassan has several friends and members of his family supportive of him coming home. I look forward to your written response confirming that you will take action to put Mr Khan on the right path to a life outside of prison.
Yours sincerely,

PETITION
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/free-the-remaining-ipp-prisoners?source=facebook-share-button&time=1457618246



http://incarceratedworkers.noflag.org.uk/2017/10/12/action-alert-freedom-for-hassan-khan/

Leroy Skeete Ex-Offender & Legal Aid Campaigner speaks out on the current state of the criminal justice system

     
From:Leroy Skeete
To:katherinegleeson <katherinegleeson@aol.com>
Date:
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:55



Dear Katherine,

My view on the current state regarding criminal justice and in particular, IPP Sentences is as follows:

The downward spiral started with Michael Howard and the section two life sentence. A blatant attempt to win votes.

The knock-on effect of this has made society a far more dangerous place. Witnesses to crimes are in far more danger than ever before, because the perpetrator now facing an unjustifiable life sentence, is more likely to be willing to dispose of a witness.

As for the equally draconian IPP sentence. We live in a society that has no capital punishment, but Tory policies have seen a rising number of deaths in British prisons. So, we have a situation were one half of the population of IPP prisoners are in such despair they are contemplating suicide. And the other half have nothing to loose, which make them highly dangerous. The results of which are being seen daily in the media coverage of disturbances throughout the prison system

None of these laws passed were ever about making society a better place. It has always been about votes and power.

Long since have the ruling classes used Race and Crime to pit the poor against each, whilst they have their snouts in the trough.

Shame on this government! They should never ever be allowed to have their hands on our criminal justice system ever again.

My Interview  


Leroy Skeete
Ex-Offender & Legal Aid Campaigner




Reply's to katherinegleeson@aol.com 






The Partner of Ian Hartly wanted the letter to be made public regards the very harrowing effect of this IPP law.










Letter to his Family.














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It is not enough for  the government to keep saying  their concerned now 10 years on.  The government must  lead from the front and end the toll of despair.

Ken Clarke said in Belfast Telegraph said Prisoners serving 'discredited' IPP sentences are 'self-harming in despair' but a year on from the article we are no further. IPP death toll figures are high,the families are concerned as numbers are receiving letters from love ones Scarcely holding on. 
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/prisoners-serving-discredited-ipp-sentences-selfharming-in-despair-34826596.html

PETITIONhttps://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/free-the-remaining-ipp-prisoners?source=facebook-share-button&time=1457618246


Reply's to katherinegleeson@aol.com 














Public Event Reminder for IPP,s and Family,s tomorrow 12 october 10.00am Bridge Street ,London SW1A 2LW

The Week in Justice 2017

Two big stories dominated the criminal justice news this week.
Firstly, the parole board's decision to release IPP prisoner James Ward after serving 11 years of a 10 month sentence increased the pressure for expediting the release of the 3,000 IPP prisoners still in prison. 
Also of interest was the launch of a new report from the Conservative Think Tank, the Centre for Social Justice, with a 10-point plan for re-booting the Rehabilitation Revolution.




12 October 2017
The Justice Committee will hold an evidence session on The work of the Parole Board on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 10.00am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

The Committee will also be asking about the particular circumstances of people serving indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP prisoners) who have served more than their tariff, and about steps which the Parole Board and the Ministry have taken, and could take in the future, to address their situation.

Witnesses

Wednesday 18 October 2017
At 10.00am: Professor Nick Hardwick, Chair, and Martin Jones, Chief Executive, Parole Board of England and Wales
At 10.45am (approx.): Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation, Ministry of Justice.

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Comments




Peters
Hi Katherine,
I thought I heard news about the prison service and overcrowding over the weekend. I think I also heard about people not being sent to prison for some offences. I would truly believe that releasing the IPP prisoners, but providing plenty of support after release will go a long way to solving some of the prison problems.
Sincerely,
Greg Peters



Boden
PGA Press Release – President’s Opening Address – 10 October 2017
An extract from his speech ….
"The Government must be brave and reduce the prison population and don’t worry about votes. Don’t dabble, just do it because morally it is the right thing to do. 12 month sentences don’t work and are pointless. This cohort must be dealt with in a different way in the community. Executive Release is possible. We have prisoners on IPP sentences years past their tariff but still in prison. We have old and infirm who are no longer a danger to society and we have far too many mentally ill people where prison is absolutely the worst place for them."


Underwood Prisoners on this sentence lack support through out . It's as if people are sick of hearing about it and wana brush it under the carpet . Along with the unfortunate people -sex cases and nonces not included still serving this wretched sentence.  It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that this is still all on going . I got out two years ago after ten years in . On a twenty 5 month tariff too .
It's a joke !!!!


Piercy This sentence has no support network what so ever and it's about time someone did something about it...

Ford A deeper point is the way adults are infantalised at every step within the 'system', supposed to be taking responsibility for themselves but eg 'supervised (controlled), subject to the whim of people who take their wages and go home sometimes leaving desolation in their wake. Probation via the appalling Grayling is a punitive technique to prove to the gullible how well protected they are- I'm all for that not at the cost of crushing people by the exercise of petty power.

 Horton And if a prisoner actually dares to try to take some responsibility for themselves and their actions, and be honest instead of saying what the system Nazis want to hear they are frequently labelled as "difficult", or "still a risk".

Prisoners VoiceVictoria Derbyshire on IPP's. Ministry of Justice say they are working on the backlog but are refusing to comment on the original questions put to them. Every person in a position of power who work with prisoners, in one form or another, are saying IPP's should be given a release date.


Hibbert
46 minutes into this Nick Hardwick mentions that 75% off Ipp prisoners were either released or sent to cat D but can't give an exact figure on his findings. So ...how can he possibly give a percentage. He also forgets to mention how many are returned to closed conditions because they can't cope in a open prison. It looks good on paper but not in reality

Owen  Clear well written report telling it how it is ,thank you Boden. https://www.compen.crim.cam.ac.uk/Blog/blog-pages-full-versions/blog-13-keir