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James grew up in the Rubery and Yardley Wood areas of Birmingham and become participating in acquisitive offending from the age of 12. At the age of 18 he had served 4 separate prison terms all of which were for relatively short periods.

In the latter end of March to early April 2006 James having only been out of custody for 4 months engaged with 3 other young offenders .

The modus operandi used was to target taxi drivers by calling for their services in the early hours of the morning would threaten the victims to hand over their takings and possessions.

In November 2006, James was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court. The judge passed an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) with a minimum period set to serve at four years.

In 2012 the indeterminate sentence (IPP) introduced in 2005 was abolished. However this was not made retrospectively, which meant that although the sentence could no longer be passed it did not result in the offenders already serving a sentence being released. As such there are currently a significant number of inmates in prison well beyond the minimum term set by the judge.

There continues to be many campaign groups fighting the IPP sentence that is considered to be inhumane and arbitrary. 

James was convicted of 4 robberies, he did not play a lead role. There was no physical injuries caused to the victims and on 2 of the 4 offences such was the role of James that he did not come into direct contact with the victims.

Regardless of James' involvement he decided to get involved and should rightly be punished for his crimes. However James has now done 11 years in prison and is therefore 7 years pass the recommendation of the sentencing judge. Having completed all offending behaviour programs to a high standard. He has reduced his risk of re-offending significantly, yet he remains in prison even though he has been assessed vigorously by prison authorities as a low risk of committing offences of a violent nature. He needs to be rehabilitated back into the community, and by the they mean fobbing him off to a hostel. NO, why he should he be distanced from his loved ones who are there to support him. Surely it would be better for him to come home to his family.

There is a significantly high amount of prisoners who have gotten far less prison time for more serious crimes such as rape, murder, baby killers etc. A robbery conviction holds a sentence of around 2-3 years now if you multiply that by the 4 James was charged with, that is 12 years maximum do 6 years so even then he has still doubled his time,



James will be considered for release in May 2018 by the parole board who are the only authority able to grant James his freedom. However they are reliant on the reports of both the prison and probation services. James is currently managed by Selly Oak probation who have overall responsibility of his case and whom have a significant influence on the parole boards decision to release. Even after release James will receive a 10 year minimum license, how is this right? Still controlled by the authorities, still punished for a crime committed when he was 18, that he has well and truly served his time for. My brother is 30 in September. He has lost enough of his life to this IPP. This needs to end now.

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