The Tory-led Government's plan to abolish IPPs does not address some serious questions about public protection - Khan

26 October 2011

Sadiq KhanSadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports in The Times today that the Tory-led Government plans to introduce amendments to the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill abolishing Indeterminate sentences for Public Protection (IPPs), said:
“The Tory-led Government’s plan to abolish Indeterminate sentences for Public Protection and replace them with fixed-term sentences doesn’t address some serious questions about public protection. Their plans are totally out of touch with public concerns about the risk posed by some of the most serious and violent offenders.

“Ken Clarke needs to explain what will happen when the most serious and violent offenders complete their sentences but remain a risk to the public. There would rightly be grave concerns that they would  be free to reoffend and could pose a danger to the public.

“The Justice Secretary hasn’t explained what will happen to all those offenders currently serving IPPs. He has given no assurances that offenders who remain the most violent risk to the public will not be released.

“We accept that the backlog of people on IPPs who have completed their minimum tariff in custody needs to be addressed, but offenders must be rehabilitated. That means providing courses and programmes that addresses offender behaviour. Offenders who are released must not pose a risk to the public and proper due process must be followed before their release.

“We will not accept plans that water-down the protection given to the public by IPPs.”