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HMP-YOI PARC Prison Regime Info


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Phone No.

01656 300200

Governor / Director

Director: Janet Wallsgrove


Male Cat. B and YOI



Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Jean Davies
Vice Chair: Derek George

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HMP & YOI Parc is a local category B prison and young offender institution holding male adults (mainly convicted) and young adults (remand and sentenced) and young people.


Please Note;

Parc holds Adults, Young Offenders and Young People. Unlock, Association and activities will depend upon which category the person is in, their location within the prison, and their IEP status. For full and detailed information please contact the prison directly at the telephone number shown.

HMP & YOI Parc is a Category B local prison housing approximately 1126 male adults (convicted only), young offenders (convicted and remand) and young people (convicted and remand).The prison opened in November 1997 and is the only private prison in Wales. It is managed by Group 4 Securicor on behalf of the Prison Service.

The prison employs 580 members of staff, (excluding subcontractors) many of whom are recruited from the local area. HMP & YOI Parc offers a progressive and challenging regime in a modern environment. A range of activities aim to equip offenders with the key skills necessary to reduce the risk of re-offending after release.


  • A1: Adult Standard Working Prisoners Unit
  • A2: Adult Induction Unit
  • A3: Adult Standard Working Prisoners Unit
  • A4: Adult Enhanced Working Prisoners Unit
  • B1: Young Offender Remand/Standard Working Unit
  • B2: Young Offender Standard Working Prisoners Unit
  • B3: Young Offender Voluntary Testing Unit
  • B4: Young Offenders Induction Unit.
  • C Block: Adult Voluntary Testing Unit.
  • D Block: R45 Adult Prisoners.
  • G1 & E1: Young Persons Unit,
  • H1: Healthcare Centre
  • E2: Segregation Unit.


All cells are equipped with in-cell sanitation, natural and forced ventilation, in-cell electrics and in-cell TV for Standard and Enhanced regime. All wings are equipped with hot water boilers, PIN telephones, Pool & Table Tennis Tables (except Segregation). Also equipped with showers, laundry facilities and large association area.

Disabled facilities

Disabled access cell on each main residential unit. Telephone system suitable for those using hearing aids. Specialist bathing facilities available, ramps to showers, wheelchairs available, no stairs to visits. Disabled parking in visitors' car park.

Reception criteria

  • Young Persons Unit: Remand and Sentenced.
  • Young Offenders Unit: Remand and Sentenced
  • VPU: Remand and Sentenced. Adult: Sentenced Only


In-cell power
Own bedding
Own clothes
Television (£1 per week)


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Unlock times are dependant upon location.


Association times are dependant upon location.

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Purpose-built gymnasium, weights room, and fitness room. All of the indoor facilities are in use for 10 hours every day. In fine weather the external hard surface areas are utilised. The gymnasium and sports facilities are open 7 days a week, 364 days a year (closed Christmas day).

Sports available include:

  • Badminton
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Pilates
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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Managed by Bridgend Library and Information Service, open 6 days per week. Includes reference section, foreign languages, careers, study desks, wide range of material.

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Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.

The Chaplaincy does far more than just pastoral care; they often are able to lend radios, musical instruments and typewriters; they may take part in Sentence Planning and are available as a ‘listening ear’ and are able, sometimes, to help with domestic problems. Most Chaplaincies run various courses and activities which may or may not have a religious theme. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith (even when segregated).

The Chaplaincy are able to organise faith activities for all main religions (as recognised by the Prison Service; this does not, at present include Rastafarian as a specific religion) and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. The chaplaincy can also intercede on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.

You can contact the Chaplaincy by letter or by telephoning the main prison number and asking to speak to the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy works as part of the prison and cannot, therefore, guarantee confidentiality (they can explain this to you in detail). Prisoners can contact the Chaplaincy in person or by Application.

Chaplaincy Statement of Purpose (HMPS)
The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. We will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. We believe that faith and the search for meaning directs and inspires life, and are committed to providing sacred spaces and dedicated teams to deepen and enrich human experience. We contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at Parc is: Phil James

Full-time Anglican, Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.

Facilities for;

Sikhs and Pagans

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Dentist Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Optician Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Physio Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Podiatry Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Stop Smoking Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed


Yes: Frequency not disclosed

InReach Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Healthcare is provided by Primecare.

The in-patient area is staffed by registered nurses and provides for both the physical and mental health needs of those patients requiring 24hr nursing presence.

Primary care at out-patients is delivered by medical staff and registered nurses and the healthcare centre has the opportunity to draw upon the broader expertise of the range of healthcare services within the Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust.

There is an in-patient ward with 24 beds, all with integral sanitation.

Dentist visits twice weekly, Optician weekly, Psychiatrist twice weekly, also Physiotherapist, Genito-Urinary, Chiropody and Dietics available.


NHS Healthcare Information for Parc

Prison Healthcare Manager: Rachel Borne
Tel: 01656 300200

PCT: Bridgend Local Health Board
South East Wales Regional Office Strategic Health Authority

Making a complaint:

Bridgend Community Health Council
Tel: 01792 324201

Bridgend Community Health Council
Brittanic House
Llandarcy, SA10 6JQ
01792 324201


Bridgend Local Health Board Complaints Manager
Tel: 01656 754400
Email: contactus@bridgendlhb.wales.nhs.uk

Bridgend Local Health Board
North Court, David Street
Bridgend, CF31 3TP

There is also a Dental Helpline for ALL NHS dental enquiries: 01702 226668

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Education is provided by an in-house education department. Open 5 days a week, 50 weeks per year, offering a wide range of subjects including English, Maths, I.T., Art, Music, Hospitality and Languages plus a range of vocational qualifications. HMP Parc was awarded the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark in June 2000.

Evening classes 3 nights per week. 

Education caters for qualifications up to and including Open University courses.

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Numeracy
  • Open University
  • Pottery

Qualifications include;

  • Literacy (all levels - Entry 1 to Level 2)
  • Numeracy (all levels - Entry 1 to Level 2)
  • Art - Pottery / Painting & Drawing (OCN levels 1, 2, 3 qualifications, GCSE, A-Level)
  • AQA GCSE Fine Art
  • AQA A-Level Fine Art
  • ICT - Clait, Clait +, Basic PC course for those new to PCs
  • ABC Level 1 & 2 Art, Design & Creative Studies


There are Guitar lessons in the evenings.

Also offered are Distance Learning Courses to accommodate higher-level qualifications and men can complete degrees through the OU and Prisoner Education Trust.  Distance Learning also accommodates requests that the prison cannot fulfil.

A Business Start-Up course is also available - in-cell and in the classroom, for men wishing to start up their own business. 

Achieve Now - which is a course in Literacy and Numeracy offered through playing pool and football.  

The Gym offers the Duke of Edinburgh course and the Parc Cadets scheme. 


Parc also offer Enrichment activities - creative writing, the Koestler awards, murals across the prison, diversity courses (Breaking Free) etc.



OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected HMP-YOI Parc

Last Inspection Date: 25/01/2007
To read their report click here

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The Industries complex comprises 9 workshops including carpentry, metalwork, graphic design and print, and industrial cleaning. All other workshops are dedicated to manufacturing contracts with local companies. Goods inwards / production control stores.

Employment and workshops include;

  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Sports Studies

Employment board meets weekly.
Industries employ 200 prisoners.
Vulnerable Prisoner Unit has self-contained Industries section employing 60 people

Vocational Courses

  • YMCA Gym Course Levels 1 and 2
  • BICS - Industrial Cleaning (BICS Stage 1,2,3 and Train the Trainer and Assessor)
  • CIEH Health & Safety Level 2, CIEH Manual Handling and CIEH Principles of COSHH Level 2
  • CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
  • City & Guilds 621705 / 621702 Basic Skills in Construction (Carpentry)
  • City & Guilds 621703 Basic Skills in Construction Painting & Decorating
  • Entry Level 3 Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • C&G Level 1 Certificate in Horticultural Skills
  • NVQ PMO Level 1 Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • NVQ PMO Level 2 Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • NVQ Level 1 Recycling
  • NVQ Level 2 Recycling
  • Construction Industry Training Board Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS)
  • ASET Certificate in Peer Partnership

Qualifications offered in the YPs exclusively:

  • CIEH Certificate in Food Safety Level 1
  • OCNs Entry Level in Multi-Skilling (varied)
  • OCN Entry Level Catering
  • OCN Level 1 Music


Current wage for employed

£5.00 - £22.00

Wage for retired / long term sick

£2.50 / £3.00 / £3.50 (IEP based)


£12.00 / £13.50 / £15.00 (IEP based)

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Parc offers a comprehensive suite of programmes and interventions. These are designed specifically to address and promote change with regard to the particular cognitive deficits and criminogenic attitudes that are common within the majority of prisoners serving a custodial sentence.

Services comprise a mixture of Home Office accredited offending behaviour programmes and innovative pilot schemes exclusively developed within HMP&YOI Parc. 

The new 'Art of Living' (AoL) pilot programme is a non-offence focused course aimed at prisoners who either find it difficult to use traditional methods of learning, or simply refuse to engage. It uses art to allow offending behaviours to be addressed through cognitive skills development.

Courses offered include;

  • Family Man
  • FOR
  • Forgiveness-RJ
  • New Dads
  • P-ASRO
  • SOTP - Rolling Sex Offenders' Treatment Programme
  • TSP - Thinking Skills Programme

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HMP&YOI Parc offers practical, tangible Resettlement interventions - prisoners are approached and invited to take specific opportunities that exist in order to maximise the chance that they will achieve success upon release.

The interventions include

  • BICS (level 1 & 2)
  • Citizenship
  • Conflict Management
  • First Aid
  • JobCentre and Careers advice
  • Parenting
  • Removed Gate - Work Track Training
  • Site Safety Certificate
  • Supervising Health & Safety
  • Yoga/Stress Management

There are also a number of in cell packages such as Driving Theory, Drug Awareness, Business Start Up and Money Management.

Many of these courses have been funded in total, or partially, by the ESF together with Custody 2 Work.

A full-time Family Worker aims to re-establish links with a prisoner's family, while specially trained Prison Housing Advisors provide individual interviews with prisoners close to their release.


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

No limit

No of Visitors Permitted

3 adults and 3 children

Parc run two types of Family Day: One where parents are together with the children, and another where mums drop the children off to do homework with dad. 

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Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 3
This is on a scale from 1 (serious concerns) to 4 (Exceptional) and is worked out by the Ministry of Justice taking into account 34 criteria such as overcrowding, purposeful activities etc. A score of 3 is considered a good performance. Published quarterly.

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 27.5 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.

Parliamentary Information
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Madeleine Moon (Labour)

Prisoners may write to either their ‘Home MP’ or the MP in whose constituency their current prison lies.
The address to write to is:
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA



Most prisons now have PIN phones. Your relative or friend usually needs to apply to have your name and number on his/her telephone account. You will usually receive a call from the prison to check who you are and to ensure you are happy for them to call you. Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls.

There is no restriction on who prisoners can call except in the case of calls to journalists intended to be broadcast. In some cases child protection measures may mean extra checks on who they call.

Prisoners can normally make calls only during ‘association’ periods. Some prisons limit the length of time a call can last to avoid queues and people being disappointed. Prisoners’ telephone calls are very expensive; calls to landlines now cost 10p per minute and 37.5 p to mobiles (compared to 2p in a public phone box). In most prisons the phone calls can be listened to and/or recorded.

If a prisoner is newly convicted or transferred they should be offered an immediate ‘Reception’ phone call to tell you where they are. It may take a few days for numbers to be transferred or added.

When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.

If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).

Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.

On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.

Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.

You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.

It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer Postal Orders, but you could send a cheque. Enclose a letter detailing who the PO/Cheque is for and who it is from.

  • Postal Orders; Make these payable to the prisoner's full name and number: Write your own name and address on the reverse.
  • Cheques: Make these payable to 'G4S' and write the prisoner's full name and number on the reverse, plus your name and address.

Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners]. Include your full detail in an accompanying letter or note. It takes about a week for the money to be credited to the prisoner.

For full information about visits please refer to our ‘Visit Info’ section for this prison. Visits are very important to prisoners. At most prisons you may not give any item to the prisoner. Any items you wish to give them must usually be posted to the prison, and often after the prisoner has placed an ‘application’ for authorisation to have it sent in. The items which can be posted in are very limited. Check with the prisoner first and wait until they confirm that you can post it.

If there is a serious emergency - close family serious illness, death, or other reason you need to inform the prisoner immediately, you should telephone the main prison number and explain the problem to the operator who will transfer you to the appropriate person. If you are unhappy about their response redial and ask to speak to the Chaplaincy. Prison staff will not pass on general messages but only critical and very urgent messages. You should provide full details of the prisoner including their number.

Support and Advice
There are many very good charities and agencies who offer support and advice to people with family or friends in prison. We have a special section ‘Help/Support’ which has details and contact information for many of these. Do not hesitate or feel shy about calling any of these; they are there to offer support and advice.

This service operates at this prison. Email a Prisoner enables you to send messages to prisoners, in the UK and Irish prisons that operate the service, from any computer, without any of the hassles of writing and posting a letter, and it costs less than a second class stamp!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website


Story Book Dads/Mums
Story Book Dads/Mums operates at this prison.
The imprisoned parent records a story and a message which is then edited and enhanced using digital audio software and editors remove mistakes and add sound effects and music. Finally a CD is made, a personalised cover created, and the finished disc sent to the child. The whole service is free.

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Prison Video Link (PVL)
All prisons with video link facilities have at least one courtroom and two briefing rooms where the defendant can hold a conference with their solicitor before and, if required, after their court hearing.

If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a prisoner via video link to save having to visit the prison.

The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with oral hearings.
It should be noted however that court hearings must take priority.

At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.

To book the Video Link facility telephone: -1656 300200 ext 2220

Drugs Strategy

HMP-YOI Parc say;
"HMP & YOI Parc will not tolerate the presence and use of illicit drugs in the establishment. We take the difficulties surrounding substance misuse very seriously, and provide a comprehensive service for those who wish to address their drug/alcohol misuse while they are in custody. To reduce the supply of drugs within HMP YOI Parc, we have in operation effective security measures to restrict smuggling of drugs. These measures are in accordance with the Security Manual & National Security framework. We have an integrated strategy designed to reduce the supply of drugs, reduce the demand for drugs and to provide a range of clinical, psychosocial and educational interventions to assist in addressing substance use and substance related offending.

"Our services include:
Three voluntary testing units (1 in YOI, 1 in Adult estate and 1 Rule 45 Own Protection Unit.). The units provide support for those prisoners who make a clear commitment to remain drug-free and sign a compact to engage in random voluntary urine tests. All VTU prisoners will be tested a minimum of 18 times per year and will also be subject to Mandatory Drug Testing (MDTs). Structured support is offered on an individual needs basis via PCO 5's, Personal Officers, referral to CARAT workers where appropriate, and referral to relevant programmes & Interventions, as deemed appropriate.

"Compliance Testing - All enhanced status prisoners are required to sign a Voluntary Drug Testing compact agreeing to be tested on a random basis, to comply with the requirements of this regime.

"Clinical provision for maintenance management programmes, detoxification, and management of stimulant withdrawal and naltraxone prescriptions pre-release is provided via Prime care.

"A team of designated CARAT workers are in post in HMP YOI Parc. CARAT clients have the opportunity to engage in a full assessment of substance related needs and related care planning. A range of 1-2-1 interventions (harm reduction, overdose awareness, drug use and offending, relapse prevention, relationships and drug use & safer injecting) is provided via the CARAT team on an individual need basis. Counselling and group work is provided within the CARATs framework for those assessed as needing these types of intervention.

"P-ASRO (Prison Addressing Substance Related Offending) is an accredited cognitive behavioural group work programme designed to address drug dependence and related offending. PASRO is run on the adult Voluntary Testing Unit. There is provision for 96 spaces per year, open to residents of all main location wings (A block, B block, C block), subject to meeting selection criteria. Compliance with a VTU and P-ASRO compact is mandatory to the programme. The programme is divided into four sections, comprising twenty sessions over a five-week period. P-ASRO is a generic programme for users of any kind of substance, whose substance use is associated with their crimes. Delivery in prison will be to prisoners with drug misuse or poly-drug misuse that may include alcohol. The aim of PASRO is to reduce offending behaviour by tackling the drug use of offenders."


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for, and treatment of, those in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. They provide independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of 'healthy prisons' in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) is appointed from outside the Prison Service, for a term of five years. The Chief Inspector reports to Ministers on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons in England and Wales.

The Inspectorate’s programme of inspection is based on a mixture of chronology and risk assessment. Full inspections run on a five or three year cycle; all unannounced follow-up inspections run on a risk-assessed basis.

Full inspections
Prison establishments holding adults and young adults are inspected once every five years. Establishments holding juveniles are inspected every three years. This type of inspection lasts for at least one week. The Inspectorate collects information from many sources, including the people who work there, the people who are imprisoned or detained there, and visitors or others with an interest in the establishment. Inspection findings are reported back to the establishment’s managers. Reports are published within 16 weeks of inspection. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made within the report, within a short period following publication.

Full follow-up inspections
Follow-up inspections are unannounced and proportionate to risk. In full follow-up inspections inspectors assess progress made and undertake in-depth analysis of areas of serious concern identified in the previous full inspection, particularly on safety and respect.

Short follow-up inspections
Short follow-up inspections are also unannounced and conducted where the previous full inspection and their intelligence systems suggest that there are comparatively fewer concerns.

Escort inspections
Three escort inspections are conducted every year.

Pre-inspection visit
One month prior to each full announced inspection, an inspector will visit the establishment to plan the inspection and request a range of preliminary information. In addition, researchers will attend to conduct a confidential survey of a representative proportion of the prisoner population. Results from the prisoner survey are provided for inspectors prior to the inspection and constitute an important source of evidence.

The inspection
All inspections are conducted against the Inspectorate's published inspection criteria, 'Expectations'. Expectations' are based on international human rights standards, as well as Prison Service Orders and Standards, and over all issues considered essential to the safe, respectful and purposeful treatment of prisoners in custody and their effective resettlement.
'Expectations' is the document which sets out the detailed criteria HMI Prisons uses to appraise and inspect prisons. These criteria are used to examine every area of prison life, from reception to resettlement, including;

• safer custody
• health services
• good order
• work
• diversity
• resettlement

The concept of a healthy prison is one that was first set out by the World Health Organisation, but it has been developed by this Inspectorate, and is now widely accepted as a definition of what ought to be provided in any custodial environment. It rests upon four key tests:

• safety: prisoners, even the most vulnerable, are held safely
• respect: prisoners are treated with respect for their human dignity
• purposeful activity: prisoners are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them
• resettlement: prisoners are prepared for release into the community, and helped to reduce the likelihood of reoffending

Post-inspection action
Inspection reports are published within 16 weeks of the inspection. Prior to publication, the Prison Service (or whoever is responsible for the establishment) is invited to correct any factual inaccuracies within the report. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made in the report, within two months of publication. A progress report on the action plain is produced after a further 12 months.


Last Inspection by HMCIP: 15 – 24 September 2010 - Full unannounced Inspection
Report Dated: December 2010
Published: 10th March 2011

They said:
“Parc is a privately managed category B local prison run by G4S Care and Justice Services Ltd. At the time of the inspection, the prison housed adult male convicted prisoners, remanded adult sex offenders, convicted and remanded young offenders and a juvenile unit on which we report separately. It was a prison in transition, with new accommodation coming on stream and plans to move away from a remand function towards a fuller focus on training. It is by far the largest prison in Wales, and will soon have a population of 1,600, around 40% of all prisoners in the Principality. Parc’s size and multiplicity of roles suggests it is well on the way to becoming the Welsh ‘Titan’ prison.

“ Given the range of challenges facing Parc, it was impressive that most prisoners reported feeling safe. Procedures to ensure safety were generally satisfactory, including reasonable violence reduction arrangements and good support for those at risk of suicide. Substance misuse was relatively low, with sound clinical support to problematic users. Security was generally proportionate, although the monitoring of both use of force and adjudications needed improvement.

“ Staff-prisoner relationships were reasonable, but needed to be further underpinned by improvements to the personal officer scheme. The Chaplaincy provided a good service. Race relations were well managed but further work was needed in other areas of diversity, for example to address the needs of disabled and foreign national prisoners. At the time of the inspection, healthcare provision was poor and some aspects were in chaos. G4S had recently cancelled the contract with the existing provider and were about to bring the service in-house. There was not enough purposeful activity and too many prisoners spent too long locked up.

“ This was of particular concern with the planned growth in numbers and the aspiration to move to a much greater training function. However, the quality of the learning and skills was good and needed to be built upon. Library provision was inadequate but PE was generally good.

“ The strategic management of resettlement had yet to address the changes to the population and ensure that provision was sufficient to meet the range of new, as well as existing, risks and needs. Offender management arrangements were good and well integrated with the rest of the prison. A reasonable range of provision was available along most resettlement pathways and support for family issues was exceptional.

“ The challenges of scale and complexity that face Parc are immense, but it is commendable that this unannounced inspection found that the prison had many strengths on which to build. However, we also identify a number of weaknesses and a lack of preparedness for aspects of its new role which will need to be addressed if Parc is to meet the huge expectations being placed upon it.”

Nick Hardwick December 2010
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click here to read the full report

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Independent Monitoring Board

By law every prison and immigration removal centre must have an Independent Monitoring Board. IMBs in prisons derive their responsibilities from the Prison Act 1952 (Section 6). Prison Rules dealing with IMBs are numbers; 74 to 80

IMBs were known as ‘Boards of Visitors’ and are still referred to in the legislation under their old titles, although this is likely to change in the near future.

The Independent Monitoring Board for each establishment is made up of independent and unpaid volunteers from the local area. They monitor the day-to-day life in the establishment and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Members have unrestricted access to all areas of the prison at all times and can talk to any prisoner they wish, out of sight and hearing of a members of staff. They visit all areas such as; kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare centre and chaplaincy.

If a prisoner or detainee has an issue that they have been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, they can place a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. In addition, if something serious happens at the prison, for example a riot or a death in custody, IMB members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which it is handled.

IMB members sample food, can attend adjudications and should visit people held in the segregation unit. They must also be kept informed on such issues as the use of restraints.

The IMB meets regularly, usually once per month, and has an elected Chair and Vice Chair. Members work together as a team to raise any matters of concern and to keep an independent eye on the prison.


CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any prison.
Click on the year and then select the prison.

Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.
Last Update: March 2012


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December 2014 Headlines
> Treat Prisoners as Human Beings, Not Criminals
> What are prisons for
> A search for any trace of the governmentís Rehabilitation Revolution
> Tell us why you did it?... You must be joking I didnít do it
> Care Act - what does it mean for prisoners
> Doctor Frankenstein and his monster
> Human Rights: truth and lies
> Scapegoating the undeserving poor
> Interview
> The first Miscarriage of Justice
> Month by Month - December 2014
> The 2014 Longford Trust Awards
> Is it all in the mind
> Time
> Learning in prison
> Take your first Steps to Success in 2015
> Spotlight Police and Crime Commissioners
> From over the wall
> Over-tariff IPPs: an appeal for your stories
> Paperwork is the key
> Adjudication - donít let those days count against you
> Insider Dealing
> Christmas Stories
> Christmas Messages
> Christmas Messages

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Inside Information


Everything you need to know about visiting people in prison; procedures, opening times, directions etc.

Comprehensive information about each prison regime; lock down times, facilities, healthcare etc.

*NEW* Detailed information about IRC - Immigration Removal Centres.

insideinformation Book

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The insideinformation book

A comprehensive guide to prisons and prison related services, designed and compiled by former prisoners.


Help and Support

Various pages of information for help and support organisations and networks for those in custody as well as recently released. Also information for friends and family.

Grants and Funding

This grants and funding pdf document aims to meet the need of prisoners and ex-offenders for accurate, up to date information on the supplementary funding available to prisoners.

Rules and Regulations

Information on rules & regulations used throughout the prison service.

Glossary of Terms

The Glossary of Prison Related Terms explains what all the acronyms and terms stand for with prison related matters. Includes links to external sites to further explain things.

Fact Sheets

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You can search our address database in many ways to retrieve contact information for all those elusive addresses you need in a hurry.

Prison Law pdf

This document provides details of leading training providers who offer sound professional training.

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