• Lord Moylan

Written Question: IPP Prisoners on Licence

Lord Moylan:To ask His Majesty's Government how many people serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence are currently on licence in the community, broken down by the number of years since they were first released from custody.


Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bellamy): As of June 2022, 3,251 offenders serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence were on licence in the community. The following table shows this figure broken down by the number of years since they were first released from custody*.


Table 1: Imprisonment for Public Protection offenders on licence in the community, by the number of years since they were first released from custody, as at 30 June 2022, England and Wales


Years since first release from custody Number of IPP offenders on licence


Less than 1 year 189

1 year 173

2 years 196

3 years 287

4 years 319

5 years 370

6 years 336

7 years 285

8 years 314

9 years 346

10 years 263

11 years 101

12 years 36

13 years 20

14 years 13

15 years 2

16 years 0

17 years 1


Total 3251


*Data Caveats:

  • The figures in this table have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Once 10 years have elapsed since an offender serving an IPP sentence was first released, the Secretary of State will refer the offender to the Parole Board, for the Board to consider whether to terminate the offender’s IPP licence. The Parole Board will then determine whether it is necessary for the protection of the public that the offender remains subject to an IPP licence. If the Parole Board decides not to terminate the offender’s IPP licence, the Secretary of State will re-refer the offender to the Parole Board every 12 months.

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