|Jebb Avenue Brixton SW2 5XF|
|020 8588 6000|
Governor / Director
|Male Cat. C|
First Night Centre
Chair: Amanda Williams
Vice Chair: Anne Rogers
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|HMP BRIXTON Visitor Info|
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Online Library documents for HMP BRIXTON
Brixton has been recategorised as a category ‘C’ prison. It is now a resettlement prison and houses a mixture of category ‘C’ and ‘D’ prisoners in five wings including a drug recovery wing and a vulnerable prisoners’ wing. It has long been known for its poor environment and limited regime.
Information below refers to its former role and is subject to change as the prison adjusts to its new role. As we get further information we will up-date.
There are about 30% foreign nationals,
The original buildings date from 1819. In 1862 the prison was sold to the Government and converted into a prison for females. Twenty years later it was again converted, this time as a military prison, and in 1898, when it was returned to the Prison Commissioners, the buildings were enlarged and improved and made the trial and remand prison for the whole of the London area. The prison now serves a number of courts in South London and houses a mixture of remand and sentenced prisoners.
Mon: 08:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 17:00
Each residential block has morning or afternoon Association sessions but there is no evening Association
HEALTH & SPORTS
There is no sports field but Brixton has an Astroturf area.
Sports available include;
1 hour twice 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 and Muslim Chaplains, Part-time Free Church Chaplain
Facilities for: Buddhist, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Jewish, Mormon, Orthodox Christian, Quakers, Sikh
Healthcare services are delivered by a consortium led by Care UK, including the South
NHS Lambeth (the Primary Care Trust) is the commissioner and holds the contract with Care UK, which was recently extended to 2013.
Kings College Hospital
Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS
Tel: 020 3299 9000
NHS Healthcare Information for Brixton
Tel: 020 8588 6119
Offender Health Commissioning Manager
If anybody has comments or complaints about healthcare at HMP Brixton they should contact Ms Rossati directly.
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Most courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. All take place in a newly refurbished Learning and Skills centre.
Classes available include;
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Scope of the inspection
Last inspection: 28/04/2008
Summary of grades awarded
Effectiveness of provision: Grade 2
There are no traditional workshops.
Employment available includes;
Accredited vocational qualifications are available in;
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Award for Progression (Entry 3)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Communication Skills (Entry 1) (QCF)
Creative Craft using Art and Design (QCF)
Creative Craft using Textiles (QCF)
Developing Group and Teamwork Communication Skills
Developing Personal Development Skills
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)
Introduction to Personal Budgeting and Money Management (Entry 3)
Introduction to Teamwork Skills (Entry 3)
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW A
OCN Entry Level, PW B, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
Personal Budgeting and Money Management
Progression (Entry 3) (QCF)
QCF provision - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW B
QCF provision - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Literacy
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Numeracy
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Literacy
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Numeracy
Employed: £3.15 - £25.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|Between 5 years and 16|
No of Visitors Permitted
|At the discretion of the organiser|
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
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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.
Prison Video Link (PVL)
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: 020 8588 6000 ext 6165
Monitoring and Inspection
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, 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 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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