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 pointed out that at the time Mullen was on licence from and indeterminate sentence imposed at Coventry Crown Court in 2007 for conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to commit burglaries, of which he had been ordered to serve a minimum of ten years.
He was also given an indeterminate sentence for the public protection, with a minimum jail of seven years to serve before parole could be considered.
It is quite clear you are dangerous, that finding has already been made." Middleton was given an indeterminate sentence, with a minimum of ten years, in September 2007 after he and two accomplices committed a string or armed robberies in the Coventry and Warwick-Warwickshire areas.
There are, however, roughly thirty thousand inmates serving out indeterminate sentences. (12) These inmates have no fixed release date, but instead must appear before a panel of parole commissioners and demonstrate that they are suitable for parole.
He told the court: "This man is realistic in that he knows he faces at the very least an indeterminate sentence of some length.
At Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, the 32-year-old was given an indeterminate sentence.
David Walters, 23, was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum of seven years in prison at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempted murder.
Farndon was serving an indeterminate sentence in HMP Highpoint in Suffolk for causing grievous bodily harm.
The 51-year-old was today given an indeterminate sentence and will serve at least eight-and-a-half years.
Judge Morris passed an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection and ruled the defendant must serve a minimum of six years before he can apply for parole.
Jason Owen, 37, was originally given an indeterminate sentence for public protection - with a minimum term of three years - at the Old Bailey in May, But three judges in the Court of Appeal in London allowed his appeal against the indefinite term of imprisonment, and replaced it with a sentence of six years imprisonment.
A judge gave Adam Gall an indeterminate sentence for public protection after hearing how he gained a thrill out of inflicting fear against women and girls in Hastings, East Sussex.