Man jailed for 10 months still in prison 11 years later

Man jailed for 10 months still in prison 11 years later
Published: 2016 November 19 12:11:27 (9341 Views)
Thousands of prisoners in the UK are still being held on indeterminate sentences under a controversial scheme that was scrapped four years ago.

The Imprisonment for Public Protection scheme (IPP) was introduced in 2005 but was later scrapped after being described as a "stain" on the justice system.

James Ward was 19 years old when he was given a 10-month IPP sentence for arson.

He is still inside today. That's more than 11 years over his original tariff.

James' family insist he has not been given a fair chance to prove he is no longer a danger to the public.



His sister April Ward told Sky News: "James had troubles - as in being a bit of a rogue - but he didn't struggle from any mental health issues.

"But, basically, down the line of not having hope, having no release date, being kept away from his family, what he witnesses in prison has took a toll on his mental health, and the fact that he will never be released has basically made him think, you know, should he even lead this life?"

In a letter sent to his family, James said he is losing hope of ever being released.

Despite repeated attempts over the last decade, James has not been able to convince his Parole Board that he is safe to be released.

April said: "They've told James 'Just behave, do your courses, go back in front of parole and you'll be released', but James did all that, went back to the parole board and they said that he needed to do more courses and it's just a waste of money when he could be at home rebuilding his life."



Source - Sky News

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