BBC Radio 5 Live: Prison Sentences & Mental Health

Have a listen to this radio show talking about IPP Sentences:

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Indeterminate sentences were abolished three years ago but thousands of prisoners remain locked up, unsure when – or if – they will ever be released. Although designed to protect the public from serious violent or sexual offenders, 5 Live Investigates finds they were also applied to some much lower risk prisoners, who have served up to five times their original tariff. Some wonder whether they will ever be released.

And the geographical gaps which mean some new mothers with psychiatric problems are having to travel hundreds of miles to access the specialist healthcare they need. The Government has promised a cash injection of £15 million a year over the next five years – but is it enough?