Imprisonment for Public Protection (“IPP”) is a type of sentence that, following the changes brought in by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, can only be imposed where an offender was convicted before 3rd December 2012. The offence must be a very serious one.
IPP is very similar to a life sentence – the calculation of the tariff and release provisions are the same. The only difference is that after someone has been released for 10 years they can apply to the Parole Board to have the life licence revoked and therefore no longer be subject to recall or Probation supervision.
In such a case, where the Judge is not going to impose a life sentence, then he may (but does not have to) impose IPP if:
(a) You have previously been convicted of a serious (Schedule 15A) offence, OR
(b) The Judge would give, if he were to give a ‘normal’ prison sentence, a sentence of at least 4 years (before taking into account time on remand).