|Higher Lane Fazakerley Liverpool L9 7LH|
|0151 522 2000|
Governor / Director
|Director: Bob McColm|
|Single, double and multiple|
First Night Centre
Chair: Eileen Darbyshire
Vice Chair: Julie Hartless-Jones
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Category ‘B’ core local prison holding sentenced and remand prisoners. There are seven house blocks divided into individual units. Units hold between 60 and 95 prisoners and are named after fences on the Grand National steeplechase course. Young adult prisoners live alongside prisoners over 21 on all units except the vulnerable prisoner unit.
Opened on 1st December 1997 HMP Altcourse was the first designed, constructed, managed and financed private prison in the UK.
It was restructured from a category A to a category B core local prison in June 2003 and subsequently expanded with the opening of a further house block holding 180 prisoners.
HMP Altcourse is is managed by G4S Custodial Services
There are seven house blocks divided into individual units. Units hold between 60 and 95 prisoners and are named after fences on the Grand National steeplechase course.
Each unit is also colour coded to ease identification.
The prison is divided down its centre by buildings containing the support services, such as the healthcare centre, resettlement unit, sports centre, education department, segregation unit and first night centre.
Young adult prisoners live alongside prisoners over 21 on all units except the vulnerable prisoner unit.
HMP Altcourse is a Category B local prison receiving prisoners from the courts in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. The prison accepts young offenders and adult male prisoners who are both sentenced and remanded by the courts.
The following morning after arrival at Altcourse, the induction process begins and normally lasts for a period of 3 to 5 days.
As part of the Induction process prisoners are required to complete an education assessment test and are issued with a timetable for attending education.
An Induction Officer delivers a class with information prisoners will need to know while at Altcourse, they also complete an initial custody plan and deal with any immediate needs they may have.
Within the first few days prisoners are interviewed by a number of different people;
During the induction process prisoners have the opportunity to speak with a member of the I.M.B. (Independent Monitoring Board) who informs them of their role within the prison.
If prisoners have substance misuse issues on reception, they are assessed by a
If prisoners have completed a telephone indemnity form on reception, they will receive their personal telephone PIN number in the first few days, credited with £2.
Sun: 08:30-12:30 & 13:30-17:15
|Own clothes, own bedding (enhanced), PlayStation (PS2 only), television with Freeview (£1 per week)|
HEALTH & SPORTS
The Sports Centre facilities at Altcourse consist of- The Main Sports Centre which has a comprehensive Weights area, a Cardio suite and a full size Sports Hall. A Three quarter length Astroturf football pitch and a Three quarter length concrete sports pitch. There is a smaller Gymnasium with a Weights room and Cardio facilities designed specifically for the Vocational training units.
They run a number of courses for older people; one being the over 40's club. This session is designed for those over 40. Prisoners are given guidance and advice, programmes are designed for specific needs.
Courses such as Focus Gym Instructor Level 1, 2, 3- B.W.L.A and C.S.L.A are also available with no upper age limit imposed.
Remedial classes are run for those needing help and advice in the following areas-Injury Rehabilitation , Weight loss and Cardio rehabilitation.
The Sports Centre has facilities for Disabled prisoners which include a toilet and access to fitness equipment and weights.
A Stress Management and Remedial Therapy session is run on a daily basis; the session has been designed for those with a background of mental health problems.
The following are normally available:
Two 40 minute sessions a week.
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.
Full-time Anglican, Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains. Visiting Muslim Chaplain.
Facilities are provided, including Sessional Chaplains for all other faiths.
The healthcare staff consists of registered general nurses, mental health nurses, healthcare assistants as well as two General Practitioners, and many visiting specialists.
Nursing staff are on site 24 hours a day.
There is an in-patient facility available which caters for patients who require closer observation of their condition.
Doctors surgeries are held every morning Monday to Friday.
All newly admitted prisoners, transfers and automatic releases will be seen including prisoners that may need to be seen for substance misuse.
Routine Doctors surgeries are held in the afternoon, again Monday to Friday.
There are no routine appointments at the weekend and on bank holidays; however emergencies will be seen based on individual need.
As well as the services listed below they also offer a Screening Service for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other sexually transmitted conditions including regular and follow up services for Asthma, Diabetes and CHD.
NHS Healthcare Information for Altcourse
Literacy, Numeracy and IT are all delivered up to level 2. Art, ESAL (English as second language), drugs awareness and parenting skills qualifications are also available. Correspondence courses available on an individual basis.
Literacy, numeracy and IT is linked with vocational training with 240 general education places and 180 vocational training places.
Classes available include;
OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected Altcourse.
OFSTED NUMBER: 52245
Employment and workshops include;
Retired: £3.25 - £5.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
You can contact the local authority on matters such as libraries, environmental health, trading standards, food hygiene, social services, education and electoral registration.
Trading Standards can help with problems with purchases such as weights and measures, ‘best by’ dates, pricing & faulty goods.
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.
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Monitoring and Inspection
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) regularly inspects prisons and produces a report of their inspection with recommendations for improvements.
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Click Hereto visit our Library Section where you can download the latest inspection reports for all prisons
Independent Monitoring Board
Each prison has an Independent Monitoring Board made up of local people who visit the prison regularly to check on the treatment of prisoners. They produce an Annual Report.
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download current and earlier IMB annual reports
Click Here to download the IMB’s information leaflet; explaining who they are and what they do.
OFSTED, who check on teaching standards in schools also visit prisons and publish a report of their findings.
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download OFSTED reports for all prisons
Monitoring & Inspection
Our on-line Library has a special section containing information, reports and publications about the monitoring of prisons and related services.
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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: October 2013
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