Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme (IEPS)
Produced in partnership with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme (IEPS)
  • What is IEPS?
  • The purpose of IEPS
  • Privilege levels
  • Local schemes and types of prisoner privilege
  • Decision making
  • Prisoners who maintain their innocence

Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme (IEPS)

What is IEPS?

The national Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme (IEPS) was introduced in 1995 on the recommendation of Lord Justice Woolf following the Strangeways protests.

Prison Rules 1999 (PR 1999), SI 1999/728, r 8 and Young Offender Institution (YOI) Rules 2000, SI 2000/3371, r 6 require prisons and YOIs to provide a system of privileges which can be granted in addition to minimum entitlements under the Rules. These privileges are subject to prisoners meeting specified standards in their behaviour.

The purpose of IEPS

Detailed guidance on IEPS is now given to prisons in Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 30/2013. This sets out the desired outcomes of the scheme as (see paragraphs 1.10–1.12):

  1. prisoners engage with their rehabilitation. Good behaviour is incentivised and bad behaviour is challenged with loss of incentives. Local incentive schemes operate on four levels: Basic, Entry, Standard and Enhanced

  2. incentives arrangements are fair, consistent and not subject to unfair discrimination. They support the requirements of the establishment and meet the needs of the population where practicable. Basic level provides access to the safe, legal and decent requirement of a regime on normal location

  3. prisoner conduct and behaviour on the wing is managed. Privilege levels are determined by patterns of behaviour, compliance with the regime or individual sentence plan targets, helping prison staff or other prisoners, whether the prisoner is taking

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