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Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra resources and planning were made for the introduction of indeterminate public protection sentences; and if he will make a statement. (133785)

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 created new indeterminate public protection sentences aimed specifically at sexual and violent offenders. This was part of an overall rebalancing of the system to maximise public protection:

the Government believe serious and dangerous offenders should be kept in prison for as long as is necessary to protect the public;

other offenders should normally be punished in the community.

No additional resources were allocated specifically for IPP but correctional services budgets take into account the overall work load demanded of them, including all the measures in the 2003 Act.