Our politicians must stop blaming and start protecting 

The Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence was introduced in England and Wales by the Labour government in 2005 and abolished by the Coalition in 2012. It enabled the courts to impose an open-ended jail term on convicted criminals for whom a life sentence was considered inappropriate but who nonetheless posed a continuing risk to the public. The rationale was to stop potentially dangerous prisoners being released automatically half-way through their terms as now happens with most inmates. It meant that in the absence of a determinate sentence the Parole Board had to judge when it was safe for the convict to be freed.

As a result, many prisoners who would normally have been released…