Baby P's mother to be released

The Parole Board said today it has directed the release of the mother of Baby P, Tracey Connelly, who was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years in May 2009 for causing or allowing her son's death.

Board 'only considered if Connelly posed risk to public'

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News correspondent

The Parole Board deciding whether Baby P's mother Tracey Connelly should be released was not looking at what happened to Baby Peter himself - they don't consider how serious that crime was.

What they are purely looking at is whether she still poses any kind of risk to the public and they have obviously decided that she doesn't.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will now take the final decision of how and when it will happen and Connelly will remain on licence, so if she steps out of order she will be sent back to prison.

Connelly faces strict controls and restrictions on release

The Ministry of Justice said Baby P's mother Tracey Connelly will be subject to strict controls and restrictions following her release from prison for as long as is required.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said:

The release of life and other indeterminate sentence prisoners is directed by the independent Parole Board once they are satisfied they can be safely managed in the community.

The IPP [imprisonment for public protection] licence lasts for a minimum of 10 years, and an offender on an IPP licence may be recalled to prison at any time for breaching their licence conditions.

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Imprisonment for public protection sentence explained

Baby P's mother Tracey Connelly was given a so-called imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence, which carries a minimum term.

An IPP sentence prisoner is eligible to be considered for release by the Parole Board when the minimum term is served.

Mug shot of Tracey Connelly.
Tracey Connelly was given a 'imprisonment for public protection sentence'. Credit: Metropolitan Police

When making its decision, the Parole Board will take into account the nature of the offence, the prisoner's offending history, the prisoner's progress in prison and any statements made on behalf of the victim.

Reports from psychologists, probation officers and prison officers are also taken into account.

Connelly will remain on licence for the rest of her life and if she breaches any of the conditions, she will likely be recalled to custody.

Baby P had more than 50 injuries when he died

Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, had more than 50 injuries across his body when he died on 3 August 2007.

Baby P was on the at-risk register and received 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over a period of eight months.

Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, was 17 months old when he died.
Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, was 17 months old when he died. Credit: Family handout

His mother Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen were all jailed for causing or allowing the death of Peter.

In May 2009, Tracey Connelly was given a so-called imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence and was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years.

Secretary of State to arrange Baby P's mother release

A statement from the Parole Board has said that Secretary of State will make arrangements for the release of the mother of Baby P in due course.

We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Tracey Connelly.

Tracey Connelly first became eligible for parole in August 2012, and at that time a Parole Board panel made no recommendation to release.

This is the second parole review for Tracey Connelly. The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent - arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Secretary of State.

– statement from the Parole Board

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