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HMP BRISTOL Prison Regime Info


Address

19 Cambridge Road Bristol BS7 8PS image of HMP BRISTOL prison

Phone No.

0117 372 3100

Governor / Director

Andrea Albutt

Category

Male Local

Region

South West

Operational Capacity

614

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

Yes

IMB

Chair: Michael Flannery
Vice Chair: Michael Plows & Julie Vennard

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HMP Bristol is a local prison and receives male prisoners and a limited number of young offenders, both convicted and remand, from all local Courts, as well as being a Cat ‘B’ facility for the West of England. The prison has seven wings including a special eight bed community until, an IDTS and detoxification unit and a special wing for vulnerable prisoners.

 

HMP Bristol is a very busy local, adult male, prison in the district of Horfield which is mostly a residential area with local amenities. The prison was built in the mid-19th century, with B and C Wings built in the 1960’s.

HMP Bristol receives male prisoners and a limited number of young offenders, both convicted and remand, from all local Courts, as well as being a Cat B facility for the West of England.

Accommodation

  • A wing: 128 bed unit, incorporating the first night centre.
  • B wing: 99 single cell unit, incorporating the voluntary drug testing unit. It does not have in-cell sanitation.
  • C wing: 142 bed unit, incorporating IDTS and a dedicated detoxification unit on C3.
  • D wing: 97 bed unit; the unit offers additional support for vulnerable prisoners.
  • E wing: 10 bed dedicated segregation unit, with two additional unfurnished cells.
  • F wing: Eight bed community unit that incorporates ROTL and prisoners assessed by the diversity team as benefiting from a more sedate regime.
  • G wing: 122 bed unit, holding a full range of sentenced and remand prisoners. Young offenders are generally held here.

The prison has its own healthcare wing, accommodating a maximum of 18 prisoners.

Facilities

  • Hobbies kits
  • Own bedding
  • Own clothes (all)
  • Playstation
  • Television (£1 per week)

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 07:40 - 19:15
Tue: 07:40 - 19:15
Wed: 07:40 - 19:15
Thu: 07:40 - 19:15
Fri: 07:40 - 17:00
Sat: 08:00 - 17:00
Sun: 08:00 - 17:00
 


ASSOCIATION


Mon: 18:00 - 19:15
Tue: 18:00 - 19:15
Wed: 18:00 - 19:15
Thu: 18:00 - 19:15
Fri: 13:30 - 16:30
Sat: 09:00 - 11:00 & 13:30 - 16:00
Sun: 09:00 - 11:00 & 13:30 - 16:00
 


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HEALTH & SPORTS


Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme

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LIBRARY


The library is staffed by a professional librarian (30 hours per week) and is assisted by a
Learning and Skills Officer. prisoners have at least 20 minutes access per week and are able to borrow a range of books, music CDs, and games.

The library has excellent working relationships with the Education Dept and has been instrumental in the development of learning programmes, such as ‘Story Book Dads’ and ‘Poetry Can’, the Open University and ‘Debt Advice’.


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FAITH


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 Bristol is: David Powe

Part-time Anglican, Catholic and Free Church Chaplains. Visiting Muslim Chaplain.

There are facilities for all faiths


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HEALTHCARE


Visiting Specialists

  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Physio
  • Stop Smoking

 


NHS Healthcare Information for Bristol

Prison Healthcare Manager:
Tel: 01117 3723100

 


Healthcare Complaints
 
Healthcare provision in public prisons has transferred to NHS England who will commission ‘Offender Health Services’. This means that the method of complaint has changed. Inside Time have published a factsheet explaining the new process for making a complaint about healthcare in public prisons.
 
Prisoners should still follow the internal complaints procedure before making an official complaint to NHS England. The PALS system will no longer operate.
 
Click Here to download our Factsheet

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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
Strode College
Church Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0AB
Tel: 01458 844400

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Tribal Education Ltd
Head office: 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY
Tel: 020 7323 7100
 


Classes include;

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

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected Bristol.

OFSTED NUMBER: 52254
To read their latest report click here


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops
BICS
Contracts Services
PICTA
Textiles
 
Employment

Employment includes;

  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Sports Studies
  • Health & safety
  • Manual handling
  • First Aid
  • COSHH
  • BICS
  • Food Hygiene
  • Recycling & Waste management
  • Manufacturing

 


Outside companies with contract to Prison Industries workshop (2009-2010)

Royal British Legion Poppy Factory - General Packing and assembly
 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Developing Group and Teamwork Communication Skills
Developing Personal Development Skills
Diagnostic Test in Literacy, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Numeracy, 3 glh
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Introduction to Food, Drink and Cooking (Entry 3)
Introduction to Personal Budgeting and Money Management (Entry 3)
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NVQ in Food Processing and Cooking
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Personal Budgeting and Money Management
Preparation for Work
Principles of COSHH
Principles of Manual Handling
Understanding Children's Social and Emotional Development
Understanding Diversity within Society
Using ICT (Entry 3)

Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)

 


Current Wages

 

Employed: £7.00 - £14.00
Education: £7.00 - £14.00
Retired: £2.50 per week
Long term sick: £2.50 per week
 

  


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


There are no courses at Bristol.


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RESETTLEMENT


  • Job club - Job Centre+
  • Self employment classes
  • Working out opportunities

FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

No Limits

No of Visitors Permitted

2 adults and 3 children

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PRISON PERFORMANCE
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: 23.9 (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.


PRISON BUDGET
Annual Budget: £14,100,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £36,600

*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
  


Parliamentary Information
CONSTITUENCY: Bristol West
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Stephen Williams (Liberal Democrat)

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

 

Local Authority
Bristol City Council
The Council House, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
Tel: 0117 922 2000
Click Here for link

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
The nearest Trading Standards department is at:
Bristol City Council, Trading Standards, Neighbourhoods, Brunel House, St George's Road, Bristol BS1 5UY
Tel: 0117 9223444
Click Here for link

Trading Standards can help with problems with purchases such as weights and measures, ‘best by’ dates, pricing & faulty goods.

 


COMMUNICATIONS

Telephones
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.

In general prisoners phone calls follow the same rules as for letters in as far as who can be contacted and what can be said. If the rules are broken the prison may terminate the call.

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.

Letters
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 send stamped address envelopes (address to yourself), for the prisoner to reply, to any prisoner in any prison.

Prisoners are not allowed to send you letters or information to be posted on social networking internet sites.

Remember all letters are opened and checked and may be read.

Full information about prisoners’ correspondence can be found in Prison Service Instruction 20011-006

Photographs
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.

Money
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. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
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.

Visits
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.

Emergencies
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.
 

EMAIL A PRISONER
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.


Click Here for more information

 


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: 0117 942 4074 (Direct dial)
 


Monitoring and Inspection
Prisons Inspectorate
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) regularly inspects prisons and produces a report of their inspection with recommendations for improvements.
Click Here  to download a guide to inspections
Click Here  to 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
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.
Click Here  to visit the ‘Monitoring and Inspection’ section of our on-line Library

INFORMATION

 
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: June 2013
 



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