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July 2010

Unjust Deserts: imprisonment for public protection

This report reviews the implications of the sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) for those serving it and for the courts, the Prison Service and the Parole Board. The report describes how the IPP sentence vastly expanded the scope for indeterminate sentencing by the Crown Court, and created a range of very serious problems which the prison service and other parts of the criminal justice system are struggling to contain. The history of the IPP sentence provides an object lesson in how to mismanage sentencing reform.