FAQ - Frequently Asked Prison Related Questions & Answers

Below, in alphabetical order, are some common questions received by insideinformation. This section only covers general questions and does not answer legal questions.

Answers are general and may not apply to all UK prisons; where there are exceptions we will try to flag them up. Answers are given in good faith but you should never act on answers without checking with appropriate authorities.

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Are prisoners allowed to smoke? View Answer

Bedding - Restrictions for sending in View Answer

Can a prisoner open a bank account? View Answer

Can a visitor be strip searched on a visit? View Answer

Can an ex-prisoner be called for jury service? View Answer

Can I book a social visit by Email? View Answer

Can I get help with the cost of visiting a prisoner? View Answer

Can I read an Inspectorís Report on a prison? View Answer

Can I read the prison reports on my son? View Answer

Can I send photographs to a prisoner? View Answer

Can I take a baby on a visit? View Answer

Can I telephone or email a prisoner? View Answer

Can my son be moved to a prison nearer home? View Answer

Can photographs be taken in a prison? View Answer

Does my son have to stay in a hostel on release? View Answer

Drugs Dogs - my child is scared of dogs View Answer

How do I complain about healthcare in prison? View Answer

How do I complain to a prison? View Answer

How do I contact a prison? View Answer

How do I contact a prisoner in an emergency? View Answer

How do I Email a prison? View Answer

How do I find a prisoner if I donít know what prison they are in? View Answer

How do I get a copy of my criminal record? View Answer

How do I send money to a prisoner? View Answer

How do I write to a prisoner? View Answer

How does a prisoner write to an MP? View Answer

How does a prisoner's family or friend make a complaint? View Answer

I can't get through on the Visit Booking number! View Answer

I have a religious objection to being 'rubbed down' by a female View Answer

I have just been released from prison; how do I find a doctor or dentist? View Answer

I wish to visit but donít have any ID View Answer

Is inaccurate information held on my DBS file (previously CRB). What can I do? View Answer

My son is being bullied in prison, what can I do? View Answer

Registering a birth if the father's in prison View Answer

What are your rights when arrested? View Answer

What can I send in to a prisoner? View Answer

What does a prison do with the photo/fingerprint they take when I visit? View Answer

What happens about medication when a person goes to prison? View Answer

What happens if a prisoner is ill? View Answer

What happens if a prisoner is pregnant? View Answer

What is a BOSS Chair? View Answer

What is a Suspended Sentence? View Answer

What is a VO? View Answer

What is Prison Video Link? View Answer

What is the definition of 'Close Relative'? View Answer

What items are excempt from Volumetric Control? View Answer

Which prisons have Mother & Baby Units? View Answer

Who can a prisoner write to under Confidential Access? View Answer

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