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HMP DONCASTER Prison Regime Info


Address

Off North Bridge Road Marshgate DN5 8UX

Phone No.

01302 763 231

Governor / Director

Director: John Biggin

Category

Male Local and YOI

Region

Yorkshire and Humberside

Operational Capacity

1,145

Cell Occupancy

Single, double and multiple

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

Yes

IMB

Chair: Lynne Hill
Vice Chair: Pamela Lawton

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Managed by Serco, the prison predominantly serves the courts of South Yorkshire and holds a combination of remand and sentenced prisoners male prisoners over the age of 18; including a small number of lifers and indeterminate sentenced prisoners. Prisoners are accommodated primarily in three identical house blocks, each comprising four separate living areas (wings) which are triangular in shape.

 

Doncaster opened as a Core Local Prison (Cat A) in June 1994 and underwent extensive security upgrading as per the Woodcock recommendations in March 1999. The prison downgraded to a local Category B establishment in May 2003 following operational changes within the Prison Service’s High Security Estate.

Operated in the private sector by Serco Doncaster was built by on the site of a former power station in the city centre, on an island between a river and a canal.

Serco has been awarded a 15 year contract from NOMS, worth £250m, to continue to manage Doncaster until 2026.

Accommodation

  • Prisoners are accommodated in three identical house blocks, each comprising four separate living areas (wings), which are triangular in shape.
  • Each wing can house up to 95 prisoners in cells on two levels, surrounding a carpeted association area.
  • Residential wings are equipped with showers, telephones, meal serving facilities and associated game equipment.
  • The healthcare centre has 29 beds for inpatients on one floor.
  • There are a further 36 beds on the lower floor for enhanced level workers.
  • The segregation unit has 20 normal beds and an additional six beds for specific needs.

Reception Criteria

No criteria set.

Facilities

  • Hobbies kits
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding
  • Own clothes (all)
  • Television (50p per week with terrestrial channels and prisoners can buy their own Freeview box)

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 08:00 - 18:30
Tue: 08:00 - 18:30
Wed: 08:00 - 18:30
Thu: 08:00 - 18:30
Fri: 08:00 - 18:30
Sat: 08:00 - 18:30
Sun: 08:00 - 18:30
 


ASSOCIATION


Daily on each wing.


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HEALTH & SPORTS


Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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LIBRARY


Monday - Thursday 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 Doncaster is: Phillip Ireson

There are full-time Anglican, Catholic and Muslim Chaplains plus a visiting Free Church Chaplain.

Facilities are available for any other faith.


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HEALTHCARE


Visiting Specialists

  • Dentist: Weekly
  • Optician: Every six weeks
  • Physio: As required
  • Podiatry: Every six weeks
  • Stop Smoking: Once a week
  • CPN: As required
  • InReach: As required
     

NHS Healthcare Information for Doncaster

Prison Healthcare Manager: Angie Harris
Tel: 01302 763252

PCT: Doncaster Primary Care Trust
Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority
 


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EDUCATION


Education classes are available in a wide range of subjects from language support and basic skills innumeracy/literacy, motorcycle maintenance, carpentry, IT, art, pottery, brick laying and IT skills with Learn Direct. During the evening, there is education in IT, art, cross stitch and karaoke classes. The PE Department will help prisoners gain awards in various skills, such as BA basic treatment of injuries, health and fitness, trampoline and badminton awards, Community Sports Leader Award, FA Junior Managers Award, and FA Star Award.

Classes available include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Crafts
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Language
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Open University
  • Pottery

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

OFSTED NUMBER: 52227
To read their latest report click here


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Employment and workshops include;

  • Bike Repairs
  • Bricklaying
  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing

 


Current Wages

Employed: Not disclosed
Education: £1 per session
Retired: £2.50
Long term sick: £2.50
 


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


  • Short Duration Programmes
  • Think First

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RESETTLEMENT


The Community Re-Entry Team provide advice on employment, careers and housing support with help from external agencies and service providers such as;

  • Action for Employment
  • Actions Teams from Rotherham and Barnsley
  • Dacro
  • Job Centre Plus
  • NACRO
  • Princes' Trust
  • Rainer
  • Reed in Partnership
  • Shaw Trust,
  • Shelter
  • SOVA
  • Turning Point

FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

No

Age Limits

No age limits

No of Visitors Permitted

Four

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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: 22.5 (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.


PRISON BUDGET

As a privately run prison (Serco) the exact budget for Doncaster is not published; however Serco have been awarded a 15 year contract, from October 2011, worth £250,000,000. This works out at around £16,700,000 per year which is about £14,585 per prisoner.
 


Parliamentary Information
CONSTITUENCY: Doncaster Central
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Rosie Winterton (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

 

Local Authority
Doncaster Council
PO Box 257, The Council House, College Road, Doncaster, DN1 1BR
Tel: 01302 736000
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:
Doncaster Council, Directorate of Environment, Trading Standards Service, The Council House, PO Box 257, College Road
Doncaster DN1 1RN
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. Enclose a letter detailing who the PO/Cheuqe 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 'Serco Ltd'; 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.

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

 


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: 01302 760870 ext 3277/3267
 


Drug Strategy

The prison operates a Drug Strategy where prisoners with drug/alcohol misuse problems are identified through reception procedures and treatment and programmes are available to those prisoners who need them. There is a team of CARAT drug workers who work closely with the detox workers and the team provide Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice, and Throughcare services to individuals who may self refer at any point during their period in custody. An accredited Short Duration Drug Programme and an OCN accredited Pre Release Course is available, as well as anti bullying and parenting courses.

 


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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