The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Told You So

A couple of years ago I mentioned the impending problem of there being insufficient resources to assess prisoners on Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPPs). The situation was explained to me by a Circuit Judge who sits on a Parole Board; he said that only about a third of prisons had the resources needed to decide whether a prisoner was safe to release, and that prisoners who had passed the fixed part of their sentence would be pretty fed up if bureaucratic delays left them lingering in prison. Here's the story from the Independent.