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HMP CHANNINGS WOOD Prison Regime Info


Address

Greenhill Lane Denbury Newton Abbot TQ12 6DW image of HMP CHANNINGS WOOD prison

Phone No.

01803 814 600

Governor / Director

Gavin O'Malley

Category

Male Cat. C

Region

South West

Operational Capacity

731

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

No

IMB

Chair: Susan Jackson
Vice Chair: Rita Trotman

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Channings Wood is a male Category ‘C’ training prison, which was built on the site of a Ministry of Defence base and opened in July 1974. Further accommodation was added in 1991 and 2004. A new 64 bed unit was opened in 2007; this houses the specialist Therapeutic Community (TC) which tackles drug misuse issues. Two of the residential living blocks make up the Vulnerable Prisoners Unit (VPU) which specialises in delivering the Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP).

 

It was built on the site of a Ministry of Defence base by a combination of contract and prison labour. Work commenced in 1973 and the prison officially opened in July 1974. Further accommodation was added in 1991 and 2004. A new 64 bed unit was opened in 2007; this houses the specialist Therapeutic Community (TC) which tackles drug misuse issues.

Accommodation
There are five two-storey living blocks with 112 cells per block and one block with 34 cells. There is also one Modular Temporary Unit (MTU) with 40 cells and one Temporary Custodial Module (TCM) with 32 double cells. Some other cells can be doubled up.

Accommodation is split into three separated areas: the Main Wings, the Vulnerable Prisoner Unit (VPU), and the Drug Therapeutic Community (TC). Within the main area two of the living blocks accommodate enhanced status prisoners. 

  • LB1: Operational capacity 139
  • Mersey wing 56 single cells (roll 56)
  • Thames wing 29 single cells, 27 double cells (roll 83) 
  • LB2: Operational capacity 112
  • Clyde wing 56
  • Severn wing 56 
  • LB3: Operational capacity 112
  • Exe wing 56
  • Dart wing 56
  • LB4: Operational capacity 112
  • Avon wing 56
  • Humber wing 56
  • LB5: Operational capacity 118
  • Weaver wing 28 single cells, 3 double cells (roll 59)
  • Fleet wing 28 single cells, 3 double cells (roll 59)
  • LB6: Operational capacity 34
  • Plym wing 34
  • LB7: Operational capacity 40
  • Otter wing 40
  • LB8: Operational capacity 64
  • Beauly wing 32 double cells (64 prisoners), which houses the therapeutic community

Drug Therapeutic Unit
The 64 bed unit achieved its KPT for the first time and has also won two awards 2008/09; one from Devon and Cornwall Criminal and Justice Board for Outstanding Contribution to working with offenders, and another from The Phoenix Futures Partnership, an award for the outstanding work in a multi-agency team.

Please note:
Some of the activities that are available for the main prison may not be available for the VPU, and vice versa. Where possible we have indicated these,

Facilities

  • Hobbies kits
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding (IEP)
  • PlayStation
  • Television (£1 per week)

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 08:00 - 12;30, 13:45 - 17:00 & 17:30 - 19:30
Tue: 08:00 - 12;30, 13:45 - 17:00 & 17:30 - 19:30
Wed: 08:00 - 12;30, 13:45 - 17:00 & 17:30 - 19:30
Thu: 08:00 - 12;30, 13:45 - 17:00 & 17:30 - 19:30
Fri: 08:00 - 12;30 & 13:45 - 17:00
Sat: 08:00 - 12:30 & 13;45 - 16:45
Sun: 08:00 - 12:30 & 13;45 - 16:45
 


ASSOCIATION


Mon: 11:00 - 12:20 & 18:00 - 19:15
Tue: 11:00 - 12:20 & 18:00 - 19:15
Wed: 11:00 - 12:20 & 18:00 - 19:15
Thu: 11:00 - 12:20 & 18:00 - 19:15
Fri: 11:00 - 12:20 & 14:00 - 16:30
Sat: 10:00 - 12:20 & 14:00 - 16:30
Sun: 10:00 - 12:20 & 14:00 - 16:30
 


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HEALTH & SPORTS


The gymnasium comprises a weights/fitness suite, sports hall and sports field. Channings Wood has competitive football, rugby and volleyball teams that play in local leagues. Involvement in certain gym activities may be dependent on employment status and privilege level.

 

Sports available include

(Note: *These are only available on the VPU)

  • *Indoor Bowls
  • *Soft Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball

The IMB say; "This is a well managed, popular and well equipped facility with high levels of enthusiasm and commitment from staff. All prisoners in work are entitled to 3-6 sessions per week depending on their workplace, eg remedial 3 sessions, shops 6 sessions. Additional recreation time can be spent on outdoor sports. Those without a job are only entitled to evening and weekend sessions. The Board has heard of only a very small number of cancelled gym sessions this year. Four courses for gym/sport instructors are available to candidates. Certified dietary and nutrition courses are also available. The Board was saddened that the prison football team had lost their place in the local league because of its inability to play away matches and the fact that visiting
teams did not like the necessary searches when playing at the prison
."


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LIBRARY


Every day, depending upon activity.


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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 Channings Wood is: Nick Martin

Full-time Co-ordinating Chaplain (Anglican), Part-time Anglican Chaplain

Sessional Chaplains; Buddhist, Catholic, Free Church, Hindu, Jehova's Witness, Jewish, Mormon, Pagan, Pentecostal, Salvation Army

Russian and Greek Othodox priests also available

The Chaplaincy is awaiting the appointment of a Muslim Chaplain

 

The chapel and multi-faith room are available, and appropriate services and meetings are arranged for all major religions. Evening and weekend groups and Bible studies also take place. Individual faiths may be catered for by consultation with the Chaplaincy team.

 

The IMB say; "There is a range of faiths recognised and respected at the prison and the chaplaincy team are to be congratulated on their commitment to serving the needs of prisoners and staff. A warm welcome is offered to all, regardless of beliefs, and access to religious leaders is made easy for prisoners. Pamphlets offering a range of worship meetings, prayer times, meditation and support groups ranging from Alpha Courses to Beyond the Gate and Perspectives are easily accessible. Numbers at services fluctuate. The continuing absence of an Imam is a problem especially in view of security concerns about the behaviour of some younger Moslem prisoners. In the interim, a prisoner is taking prayers on a weekly basis and an Imam is brought in for such occasions as Eid. It is hoped that efforts to appoint a replacement Imam are successful very soon. Overall Special dietary requirements are met for the various faiths. It remains a challenge for the prison management to accommodate the demands of minority groups whilst retaining vigilance regarding issues of security and fairness."


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HEALTHCARE


Type 3 Healthcare, (no in-patient facilities).

 

Visiting Specialists

Dentist: 1 1/2 days a week
Optician: Fortnightly
Podiatry: Monthly
Stop Smoking: As required
CPN: As required
InReach: As required
 


NHS Healthcare Information for Channings Wood

Prison Healthcare Manager: Majella Pearce
Tel: 01803 814600
 


 

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

Classes Available


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;

  • Basic Skills
  • Business Studies
  • Creative Media
  • Customer Services
  • Distance Learning
  • ESOL
  • Fast Track
  • Fathers Inside
  • Firm Start
  • Food Hygiene
  • Information Technology
  • Key Skills
  • Kinetic lifting
  • Music Workshop
  • PMO
  • Preparation for work
  • Progression Award
  • Resettlement
  • Yoga

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

Inspection judgements
Inspectors use a four-point scale to summarise their judgements about achievement and standards, the quality of provision, and leadership and management, which includes a grade for equality of opportunity.

Key for inspection grades

  • Grade 1 Outstanding;
  • Grade 2 Good;
  • Grade 3 Satisfactory;
  • Grade 4 Inadequate.

Click Here for further information on how inspection judgements are made.

Scope of the inspection
In deciding the scope of the inspection, inspectors take account of the provider’s most recent self-assessment report and development plans, and comments from the local Learning and Skills Council (LSC) or other funding body. Where appropriate, inspectors also consider the previous inspection report , reports from the inspectorates’ monitoring visits, and data on learners and their achievements over the period since the previous inspection.

OFSTED NUMBER: 52263

Last inspection: 02/07/2007

 

Summary of grades awarded

Effectiveness of provision: 2
Capacity to improve: 2
Achievement and standards: 2
Employability training: 2
Literacy, numeracy and ESOL: 2
Personal development and social integration: 2
Quality of provision: 2
Leadership and management: 2
Equality of opportunity: 3
 

To read their report click here


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops
Laundry
Other
Textiles
Woodwork
 
Employment

Note: Employment may be subject to location (VP/Main)
Employment includes;

  • Cleaners / Domestics
  • Clothing Exchange Stores
  • CRT (TV recycling)
  • Farms and Gardens
  • Kitchen Manufacturing Stores
  • Laundry
  • Main Stores
  • Orderly Positions
  • Recycling
  • Staff Mess
  • Tailors Shop
  • Wood Assembly Shop
  • Wood Mill
  • Works Department

Vocational training includes;

  • Barbering
  • BICS
  • Catering
  • CSCS (Plant)
  • CSCS (Site)
  • Driving Theory
  • Dry-Lining
  • Electrical Installation
  • Fork Lift Driving
  • Gymnasium Based Courses
  • Hard Landscaping
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Warehousing

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS

 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Advanced National Horticulture
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for Domestic Electrical Installers
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT users (ECDL Part 2)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Certificate of Competence in Brushcutting Operations
Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Mowers
Construction Award
Developing Personal Development Skills
Diagnostic Test in ESOL, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Literacy, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Numeracy, 3 glh
Diploma in Painting and Decorating (QCF)
Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (QCF)
Diploma in Requirements for Electrical Installations (BS 7671: January 2008)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Forklift Truck Training
Foundation Programme
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Hard Landscaping (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
ICT Skills for Life
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Key Skills in Working with Others
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 Barbering
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Personal Budgeting and Money Management
Practical Horticulture Skills (QCF)
Principles of Manual Handling
Problem Solving in the Workplace
Progression (QCF)
Speaking and Listening Skills for Adult Learners
Understanding Aspects of Citizenship
Understanding Diversity within Society
Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating
Using Teamwork Skills

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

 


Current Wages

Employed: £7.00 - £25.00
Education: £7.75 - £9.75
Retired: £6.00 - £8.00
Long term sick: £6.00 - £8.00
 

  


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


  • Cognitive Self Change Programme (CSCP)
  • Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)
  • SOTP - Core Sex Offender Treatment Programmes
  • SOTP - Extended Sex Offender Treatment Programmes
  • Therapeutic Communities (eg Kainos)

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RESETTLEMENT


The establishment has close links with a number of voluntary and statutory sector organisations providing resettlement services to prisoners. Appropriate activities are provided to help prisoners prepare for release into the community with the goal of reducing reoffending.

 

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

FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

No

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

No

Age Limits

None

No of Visitors Permitted

Four

The parent-child bond can be hard to maintain when an offender is in prison, but Play in Prisons is a project producing positive results at the Service's three Devon establishments.

“Prisoners' children are, in their own way, innocent victims of crime,” says Andy Keen-Downs, Director of the charity PACT (Prison Advice & Care Trust). It's a sentiment few could disagree with, and the thinking behind PACT's Play in Prisons project, which is running a series of family days at the three Devon prisons: Exeter, Channings Wood and Dartmoor.

“For some children, contact with a father in prison may not be possible, or desirable,” continues Andy, whose organisation has helped develop successful homework clubs and supervised play services in prisons.

“But for the vast majority, maintaining a loving family bond with a father is vital to a child's wellbeing and sense of identity.”

It was with this in mind that the Service agreed to facilitate the three-year project, which is funded by the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund. Launched in July 2008, this year has been a busy one so far, with a total of 44 events scheduled for 2009.

At family days, prisoners get to spend quality time with their partners and children in a setting unlike the conventional visits arrangements. While still supervised by staff, opportunities to play sports, games and music are all available, and families can sit and eat together halfway through the day.

The benefits for prisoners are obvious, but their own enjoyment is not the purpose of the events. Encouraging better parenthood is a major motivation behind Play in Prisons and an educational module on the importance of playing with your child currently being developed by PACT.

Alison Lucas, HMP Exeter's Head of Reducing Reoffending says: “We've recognised the need to teach parenting skills to offenders for many years now as an approach to break the cycle of offending.

“Family visits have previously taken place for enhanced prisoners, but the opportunity for standard regime prisoners to meet with their children and families while supported by the wealth of knowledge and experience of our partner agencies is relatively recent.

“The visits are a joy to watch, with so much affection, activity, bonding and normality. The feedback from prisoners, partners and their children is glowing.

“Statistics show that strong family bonds can keep an ex-offender from reoffending, as well as minimising the damage experienced by the children in such a family.”

Encouraging more children of school age and above to visit their fathers in prison was a major factor in starting up Play in Prisons. More important was to make it a positive experience for both parties.

PACT research conducted over the last two years has shown that children frequently stopped visiting prison once they reached school age, contributing to a weakening of the bond between father and child.

“Many fathers in prison have themselves had very poor experience of family life,” says Andy.

“Many have been in care, or have suffered neglect or abuse, and sometimes, they don't know how to play with their children in a positive, nurturing way.

“They may have forgotten how to play, or have lost confidence. But play is a serious business. If we can support parents and children to play together, to communicate, to share precious times and show one another love, then our hope is that we can help build stronger families and a safer society.”

 

(Prison Service Magazine - Feb 2009)


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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: 24.8 (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: £14,400,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £33,411

*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: Newton Abbott
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Anne-Marie Morris (Conservative)

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
Devon County Council
County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD
Tel: 0845 155 1015
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.

Teignbridge District Council
Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 4XX
Tel: 01626 361101
Click Here for Link

Trading Standards
The nearest Trading Standards department is at:
Devon County Council, Trading Standards, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QH
Tel: 08454 040506
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 2011-006

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. It takes about a week for the money to be credited to the prisoner.

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
 


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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Prisons

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.

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The insideinformation book

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

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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

We have produced many Prison Related Fact Sheets inc. Legal Fact Sheets, Parole Fact Sheets and Other related information.

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Find a Solicitor

You can search our solicitor database for listings of solicitors in your area that provide the services you require.

Find a Barrister

You can search our barrister database for listings of barristers in your area that provide the services you require.

Address Finder

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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