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14 December 2023

Victims and Prisoners Bill enters the House of Lords

The Prison Reform Trust is concerned by many of the proposed changes to the parole system put forward in Part IV of the Victims and Prisoners Bill. We also acknowledge that the government has listened to concerns and introduced amendments at the House of Commons report stage to mitigate some of the worst aspects of the proposals. It also introduced welcome changes to the process for the review and termination of IPP licences.

In the remaining stages of the bill, we hope that the government can be persuaded to address some of the outstanding concerns regarding Part IV, particularly relating to provisions which disapply the human rights act and interfere in the independence of the Parole Board. On IPPs, we hope the government will build on its welcome proposals and introduce reforms, including on resentencing, to further improve the prospects for the progression of people on IPP sentences.

We have prepared a briefing to assist peers for the upcoming second reading debate of the Victims and Prisoners Bill in the House of Lords on 18 December.

The briefing focuses on the following:

  • Clauses 44 and 45: Referral of release decisions
  • Clause 48: Imprisonment or detention for public protection: termination of licences
  • Clauses 49–52: Disapplication of section 3 of the Human Rights Act to prisoners as a group
  • Clause 53: New powers for the secretary of state to prescribe particular Parole Board members to particular cases
  • Clause 54: New powers for the secretary of state to remove the chair of the Parole Board if the secretary of state considers it necessary to do so for the maintenance of public confidence in the board
  • Clauses 55 and 56: New provisions to stop whole life tariff prisoners getting married or having a civil partnership

You can download a copy of the briefing below.

Image credit: House of Lords 2023 / photography by Roger Harris CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

PRT briefing for second reading stage of the Victims and Prisoners Bill

Read our briefing to assist peers for the upcoming debate on the second reading stage of the Victims and Prisoners Bill in the House of Lords.

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