The experiences of women serving indeterminate sentences

Too many bends in the tunnel? is a research report by Sarah Smart for the Griffins Society which examines the experiences of women serving Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPPs).

This was the first time any of the women involved had spoken about the reality of serving an IPP sentence. They all spoke about the lack of information about IPPs, the frustration and confusion and the adverse effect on their mental health.

The report recommends: there be a designated IPP caseworker in recognition of this group’s complex needs; ending the IPP sentence once the Parole Board has ordered release, limiting licence lengths; and dealing with any further offences under normal sentencing provisions.

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