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Imprisonment for Public Protection: Genesis and Mental Health Implications

Max Rutherford (Prisons and Criminal Justice Programme, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 1 June 2008



Imprisonment for public protection (IPP) has been the subject of much attention and some controversy since its implementation in April 2005. High numbers of IPP prisoners, combined with a low release rate, have meant that IPP has had a significant impact on the prison population. This paper charts the genesis of IPP and its historical antecedents. It also explores IPP as an exemplar of the ‘rise of risk’ and focuses on its links to the ‘dangerous severe personality disorder’ pilots. It presents two hypotheses on the mental health implications of IPP.



Rutherford, M. (2008), "Imprisonment for Public Protection: Genesis and Mental Health Implications", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 47-55.



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