Liz Truss urged to 'get a grip' over inmates kept in jail beyond their sentence

Justice Secretary Liz Truss must "get a grip" on the backlog of inmates being held beyond their sentence, the chief inspector of prisons has said. Peter Clarke said it was "completely unjust" that offenders serving Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) terms were "languishing in jail". He warned that IPP sentences, abolished in 2012, were having a serious effect on prisoners' mental health. The Ministry of Justice said a new unit had been set up to tackle the problem.More than 3,800 prisoners in England and Wales are serving indeterminate IPP sentences, designed to protect the public.