Life and IPP sentences can be extremely confusing; even more so now that the IPP sentence has been abolished.
In short, if a prisoner has been sentenced to an indeterminate term of imprisonment for public protection, they will receive a minimum term or tariff. Unfortunately, this date does not mean instant release, but is simply the date from which a prisoner becomes eligible to be considered for progression to either the Open Estate, or release by the Parole Board.
The Parole process is long and complicated, and will often involve numerous professionals making recommendations about a prisoner’s future. In our experience, more often than not, Prisoners do not agree with these recommendations, and if that is the case, the arena for challenge is the Parole Review.
It is advisable to seek advice from an experienced solicitor as soon as you have become aware that a Parole Review is due to commence. Our specialist team of lawyers at Reeds have a wealth of experience in dealing with these kinds of cases, and can expertly guide you through the process, ensuring the best possible representation.
Legal Aid is available for Lifer/IPP Parole Reviews. By instructing us to assist you with a Parole Review under Legal Aid, we are able to instruct independent experts to assist your case, which we know can prove to be vital. If you are not financially eligible for Legal Aid, then contact a member of our Prison Law Team, as competitive fixed fees can be agreed. Alternatively click here and one of the team will contact you as soon as possible.