Michael Gove calls for indefinite jail-term prisoners' release
Some 500 prisoners serving indefinite prison sentences should be released, Michael Gove has said.
The former justice secretary said it was "unjust and unfair" that some people serving Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences were still inside.
Mr Gove said executive clemency should be used to release the inmates, many of whom have been in prison for years longer than their minimum jail terms.
The government said it was tackling a "backlog" of IPP prisoners.
One IPP prisoner, James Ward, told the BBC he fears he will never get out.
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