Indeterminate prison sentences - no fixed length of time

An ‘indeterminate’ prison sentence doesn’t have a fixed length of time.

This means:

  • no date is set when the person will be released
  • they have to spend a minimum amount of time in prison (called a ‘tariff’) before they’re considered for release

The Parole Board is responsible for deciding if someone can be be released from prison.

Indeterminate sentences are given if a court thinks an offender is a danger to the public.