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'Psychological torture': The row over never-ending prison sentences Sky News Daily

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Thousands of prisoners remain incarcerated on open-ended prison sentences under a now defunct scheme, known as IPP sentencing.

The no-maximum prison sentences, some of which were given to offenders of low-level crimes, have been compared to ‘psychological torture’.

On the Sky News Daily Niall Paterson speaks to Anthony Hipkiss who was in prison for 16 years despite only being sentenced to 15 months. He tells us how the strict licensing rules he has to live under for 10 years means he can’t even stay overnight at his partner’s. Plus, Ian Acheson, former prison governor speaks about how to fix a system of justice that keeps people indefinitely – even when they’re not a threat to society.

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Thousands of prisoners remain incarcerated on open-ended prison sentences under a now defunct scheme, known as IPP sentencing.

The no-maximum prison sentences, some of which were given to offenders of low-level crimes, have been compared to ‘psychological torture’.

On the Sky News Daily Niall Paterson speaks to Anthony Hipkiss who was in prison for 16 years despite only being sentenced to 15 months. He tells us how the strict licensing rules he has to live under for 10 years means he can’t even stay overnight at his partner’s. Plus, Ian Acheson, former prison governor speaks about how to fix a system of justice that keeps people indefinitely – even when they’re not a threat to society.

While we've got you... please take a few moments to let us know your thoughts on our podcasts and your listening preferences by filling in a short survey - click here.


Producer: Alex Edden
Podcast promotions producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John
Interviews producer: Melissa Tutesigensi
Editor: Wendy Parker

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