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|0191 332 3400|
Governor / Director
|Male Cat. B|
|Single and double|
First Night Centre
Chair: Richard Thomas
Vice Chair: Vacant
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A Category ‘B’ local prison serving the courts in the area, holding both remand and convicted prisoners. There are nine wings including special IDTS and first night/induction wing. The prison suffers from overcrowding with doubling of prisoners in single cells with unscreened toilets. According to prison inspectors prisoners can spend up to 20 hours a day locked in their cells.
The Ministry of Justice has announced that Durham will be not now be put up for tender.
HMP Durham acts as a Feeder Prison to HMP Acklington and HMP Frankland.
Durham has a high throughput of prisoners, on average 60% of prisoners are
According to the IMB HMP Durham is grossly overcrowded. The average number of prisoners living two to a cell designed for one prisoner is over 600.
Sentenced Convicted and Remand Males over 21 from Tyneside and Cumbria.
Mon: 08:15 - 11:45 & 13:30 - 15:45
Times vary by wing regime.
HEALTH & SPORTS
Sports available include;
9 sessions Monday - Friday.
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.
There are full-time Anglican, Catholic and Muslim Chaplains, plus a visiting Free Church Chaplain.
There are facilities for all faiths, upon request.
Prison Head of Healthcare : Mrs Kay Cooper
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Scope of the inspection
Summary of grades awarded
Leadership and management: 3
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Award for Developing Enterprise Capabilities
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (ECDL Part 1)
Certificate for IT users (ECDL Part 2)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Developing Enterprise Skills (QCF)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ECDL Advanced - Presentations
ECDL Advanced - Spreadsheets
ECDL Advanced - Word Processing
Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Foundation Creative Craft
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Intermediate Creative Craft
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NVQ in Hospitality
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)
Employed: £7.00 - £21.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|Up to 18|
No of Visitors Permitted
|1 adult plus children|
Story Book Dads/Mums
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.
At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.
To book the Video Link facility telephone: 0191 332 3590 (Direct dial)
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.
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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: June 2013
November 2014 Headlines
A steadily increasing prison population in Europe
Links to the outside
Courts and TV
A risky business
IEP and maintaining innocence
Doing Bird - and why itís not working
Police bail and the innocent
Repatriation to Ireland
The best years of his life
House of Lords debate about IPPs
Month by Month - November 2014
Butler Trust Awards
The Harris Review
Scotland the brave
The lonesome death of Giovanni Cocozza
Inside Drink and Drugs News
More people using drugs
Spotlight - Police and Crime Commissioners
Home Detention Curfew Scheme
From over the wall
Love is my religion
Fair trials - are they still possible
The prison lawyer and the auditor
Parole? Who, what, where and when
Jonathan King writes
New! Volume 5 of
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A collection of poems by prisoners of all backgrounds.
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