It has been a month since TheOpinionSite.org published the long awaited downloadable book, “How To Survive An IPP Sentence” which is described as a ‘Survival Guide’ for those serving an Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection and also their families.
The book has proved to be a huge hit with people. (See comments at the bottom of this page)
With more than 290,000 visitors, many of whom are seeking greater understanding of the IPP sentence and how it really works, the website has become one of the most visited on the Internet with regard to information on IPP sentences.
This new and totally unique publication, written by the administrator of TheOpinionSite.org, Raymond Peytors who exposes for the very first time the manner in which IPP sentences are managed within the prison system and also by other law enforcement agencies such as the Probation Service. The book also reveals details regarding the influence of other bodies such as MAPPA and the police who exercise a ‘multi-agency’ approach to the management of IPP prisoners who are fortunate enough to be released back into the community.
Many previously ‘difficult to come by’ facts are revealed in this publication, among them the fact that only 6% of IPP prisoners have ever been released. But this is not a book of facts and figures or official information. It is instead what it claims to be, a “Survival Guide” for those who are serving IPP sentences, their families and their friends.
Every aspect of the sentence is examined in a ‘no holds barred’ way, from the mechanisms of the sentence itself right through to the reporting procedures used by the various agencies, many of which are hidden from prisoners whilst they are in custody. There is plenty of advice also on how to make the best use of the system and how to be aware of anything that might stand in the way of eventual release.
A great deal of the information contained in this book is not to be found anywhere else. None of the official websites reveal anything like as much information about the way the IPP sentences work as this book does. Indeed, one of the most valuable aspects of the book to both those serving sentences and also their families, is that it reveals much of the “hidden” way in which the authorities observe and report their findings, ‘secret’ reporting methods and other devices used by those in power to make release difficult to achieve, most of which are never revealed to those in custody.
From the point of view of the public too, the contents of this unique book can only help. It encourages those who are serving IPP sentences to understand the true nature of both the sentence itself and why they received in the first place. Once this understanding is internalised, it can do nothing other than promote the reduction of risk to the public by helping those convicted and sentenced to an IPP sentence to come to terms with this situation and to avoid reoffending in the future.
At the same time, much is revealed about the internal workings of both the prison service and the probation service in the handling of IPP prisoners, particularly with regard to the political influences and other issues currently responsible for the delay in addressing what has become a major and expensive problem for the prison service.
If I have any fault with this remarkable book, it is simply that I wish it had been available some years ago. Then again, at that point, TheOpinionSite.org did not even exist!
Politicians from all sides of the House of Commons should read this book, for it exposes the hypocrisy that prevents any progress being made with regard to penal matters generally and the IPP sentence in particular. After reading the 100 or so pages (which in terms of a down-loadable book is enormous), it is difficult to come to any conclusion other than the fact that IPP sentences are essentially political in nature.
In finely crafted detail, the history of the sentence is explained so that anyone can understand it and the book also makes clear why IPP sentences were introduced, not least as a response to tabloid driven campaigning supported by individuals who had vested interests in ensuring that the sentence came to pass and is maintained.
Although the book is primarily written to help those behind bars and their families, it is a valuable read for anyone who wants to understand how politics influences criminal policy. It is the only book of its kind and is drawn upon information from many different sources, including many from within the criminal justice system itself.
It is, in the true sense of the word, “inside information”. That is, information that could not be easily obtained from official sources and has clearly come from those who work within the system and who presumably have strong feelings about the ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of the way IPP sentences work.
For any prisoner who wants to make the best of a bad situation and needs to know the best ways to achieve a successful release, this book is almost essential. It is a pity the prisoners themselves will not be able to access the publication through the Internet but there is nothing to stop their families and those who care about them from discussing the contents in detail and supporting prisoners in their efforts towards rehabilitation, risk reduction and release. Certainly, they stand a much better chance of achieving success with this book than they do without it!
For the rest of us, the book provides a window into a world where politics, crime and hypocrisy all combine to maintain a prison sentence that was badly thought through, has been badly implemented and which invites progressive politicians to run the risk of committing political suicide as they seek to solve an enormous problem.
“How To Survive An IPP Sentence” is available directly at http://theopinionsite.org/ipprd.php and is not available anywhere else. As an added benefit, original purchasers receive automatic and free updates to cover any changes in the law that may result from revisions to the legislation dealing with IPP sentences.
The current reduced price of the book is £6.99, a reduction of 50% on the recommended price. This is to enable as many people as possible to benefit from it.
Frankly, even at full price the book is exceptional value for money and I recommend that anyone who has problems with an IPP sentences, particularly the families of those who are currently serving the sentence, obtain a copy.
The information contained within the book really isn’t available anywhere else, which makes the publication unique.
The free updates mean that the book will never be out of date and that those who are lucky enough to have a copy will never again have to flounder around in the dark seeking information that nobody in authority wants to give them.