indeterminate sentence


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indeterminate sentence

n. the prison term imposed after conviction for a crime which does not state a specific period of time or release date, but just a range of time, such as "five-to-ten years". It is one side of a continuing debate as to whether it is better to make sentences absolute (subject to reduction for good behavior) without reference to potential rehabilitation, modification or review in the future. (See: sentence)

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He said although reports on Devenny showed she posed a moderate or low risk to society he considered this significant enough to pass an indeterminate sentence to protect the public.
Judge Bourne-Arton said: "I'm not going to pass a very substantial sentence or an indeterminate sentence on a young lad without all avenues being explored.
Repeat offenders James, 27, of Wakefield, West Yorks, Wells, of Bolton, 29, and Lee, 47, of Wigan, received indeterminate sentences in 2005.
But the judge said strict sentencing guidelines from Parliament meant he could not imprison Catterson for four years and so could not give him an indeterminate sentence for public protection.
But he added: "I make it absolutely clear what I am passing is an indeterminate sentence.
She said one in seven prisoners was now on either a life or indeterminate sentence, creating a "huge strain" on jails.
Judge James Spencer QC, sitting at York Crown Court, told Mook she was being given an indeterminate sentence to protect the public and she would be considered for parole only after she had served five years.
Rafferty was given an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public with a recommended minimum of five years.
After his admissions, Judge Christopher Llewellyn-Jones QC, warned that he will be considering passing an indeterminate sentence.
But the Appeal Court quashed the indeterminate sentence, substituting a conventional 30-month term.
An inmate on an indeterminate sentence can only be released if they pass a rehabilitation programme.
Last year Wright, aged 76, of Wretham Road, Lozells, was given an indeterminate sentence for the public protection at Warwick Crown Court after being convicted of stabbing a neighbour while on licence for killing his wife.