Jailed for Life for Minor Crimes: the UK's Forgotten Prisoners

In a three-month investigation, VICE News uses Freedom of Information laws, exclusive interviews, and prison reports to uncover the scandal of the 4,612 prisoners serving life sentences under abolished legislation — some for relatively minor crimes. From 2005, judges in England and Wales started giving out a new kind of life sentence for offenses such as shoplifting, minor criminal damage, and affray (fighting in public). Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPPs) were found to breach the European Convention on Human Rights, and the government scrapped the sentence in 2012. But nobody did anything about the prisoners already inside. Three-quarters of them have completed their mandatory minimum sentence, but still have no release date, at a cost to the taxpayer of $180... read more
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Jailed for Life for Minor Crimes: the UK's Forgotten Prisoners