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HMP GREENOCK Prison Regime Info


Address

Gateside Greenock PA16 9AH

Phone No.

(01475) 787801

Governor / Director

James Kerr

Category

Male Local

Region

Scotland

Operational Capacity

255

Cell Occupancy

Single, double and multiple

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

Yes

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Greenock holds male prisoners (both adult and under 21s) on remand, and short-term convicted prisoners. It provides a national facility for selected prisoners serving 12 years or over, affording them the opportunity for progression towards release. It also accommodates a small number of prisoners for a range of management and operational reasons.

 

Facilities

  • Microwaves
  • Own bedding (IEP)
  • Own clothes (in houseblocks)
  • PlayStation
  • Television with Sky and Freeview (£1 per week)

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 07:45
Tue: 07:45
Wed: 07:45
Thu: 07:45
Fri: 07:45
Sat: 08:30
Sun: 08:30
 


ASSOCIATION


Association periods

Mon - Fri: A Hall 10:30 - 11:30 & 19:30 - 20:30
                  Darroch 19:00 - 20:30


Dependant on Incentive and Earned Privileges Scheme (IEP)

18:15 - 21:45, 19:15 - 21:45 & 20:15 - 21:45


Sat - Sun: A Hall 14:00 - 15:30
                   Darroch 14:00 - 15:30
 


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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
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training
  • Volleyball

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LIBRARY


Now available in the Links Centre.


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FAITH


Catholic, Church of Scotland and Muslim Chaplains.

Facilities for Hindus and Sikhs.

 

The Chaplaincy in Scottish Prisons
The key aims of the Scottish Prison Service are the custody of prisoners, their good order, their care, and opportunities to equip them for life after liberation. Chaplains contribute most obviously to the pastoral care of prisoners and, if prisoners respond positively to the care and opportunities offered, it follows that good order is likely and the experience of custody can lead to positive outcomes. Chaplains therefore contribute to the attainment of SPS aims. Care is not limited to prisoners, but is also available to staff.

Prison chaplains are part of a care team with prison officers, doctors, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, prison managers and other specialists. Chaplains are able to take a holistic approach towards prisoners and their relationships. They are also thoroughly ecumenical within the Christian faith and willing to work closely with prisoners and leaders of other faiths. In Residential and Industrial areas, Links Centres, Visit Rooms, Libraries and Learning Centres Chaplains are welcome as a comforting and encouraging presence.

Much work is done to help prisoners find sound reasons for self respect and hope. A chaplain may spend a few minutes or several hours with a prisoner on remand or when newly convicted, when self-esteem is at its least and fear and risk of self-harm are at their peak. Time is also given when prisoners suffer bereavement or have difficulty coming to terms with the many losses associated with imprisonment. This seldom begins in a formal setting and often arises through relationships developed out of casual contacts in corridors, workshops, classrooms and halls.

Links are fostered with families and churches, if a prisoner agrees, to build a foundation of relationships and care during a sentence and beyond liberation. Many churches are willing to make unconditional offers of care - for example, gathering presents at Christmas to be distributed to prisoners' families. This helps reduce their feelings of isolation and rejection.

Click Here for more information about the Chaplancy in Scottish prisons

 


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HEALTHCARE


Specialist Clinics

  • CPN
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Stop Smoking

 


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EDUCATION


Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • English
  • Crafts
  • Drama
  • Key Skills
  • Languages
  • Life & Social Skills
  • Maths
  • Music

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Employment and workshops include;

  • Bricklaying
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Painting & Decorating

 


Current Wages

Employed: £4.80 - £18.00
Retired: £4.80
Long term sick: £4.80
 


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Anxiety and Sleep
  • Connections
  • Constructs
  • Drug Action for Change

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RESETTLEMENT


  • Job Club
  • Self-Employmnet Classes
  • Working-Out

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


UK Parliamentary Information

CONSTITUENCY: Inverclyde

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Iain McKenzie (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

Scottish Parliament

CONSTITUENCY: Greenock and Inverclyde

CONSTITUENCY MSP: Duncan McNeil (Scottish Labour)

REGION: West of Scotland
 

The address of the Scottish Parliament is:
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
 


HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland conducts regular inspections of individual prison establishments and legalised police cells in Scotland. The scope, focus and content of inspections is decided by HMCIP, taking into consideration the particular circumstances of an establishment at the time of the inspection. The inspection and subsequent report covers
> Physical conditions prevailing in an establishment;
> Treatment of prisoners;
> Facilities, services and opportunities available to address offending behaviour and the accessibility of these;
> Preparations in place for returning prisoners to the community;
> Any other relevant matter as the Minister for Justice may direct or HMCIP may choose.

The inspection follows these general principles:
> In carrying out inspections and in preparing reports, HMCIP will be independent of political influence, the Scottish Executive Justice Department, the Scottish Prison Service and Governors-in-Charge of establishments.
> Inspections and the reports resulting from them will be balanced, fair and open.
> In inspecting and reporting the treatment of prisoners and conditions within prisons, inspections will make assessments against standards which have been clearly defined.
> Strategic and relevant documentation will be provided by Governors-in-Charge and SPS Headquarters to HMCIP on request.
> Confidential information supplied will be treated as such.
> Each inspection should be responsive to the establishment's individual circumstances.
> HMCIP will attempt to keep disruption to normal regime activities to a minimum.
> The inspection team will give clear oral feedback to senior management.
> A report to the Minister for Justice will be produced which will identify main points for action by the individual establishment and/or SPS, and highlight areas of good practice.

HMCIP Report
Last Inspection: 6-13 May 2009  - Full Inspection

They said:
“Greenock Prison keeps changing. Only a few months before this inspection I produced a report on the ‘experiment’ of holding only convicted young men in Darroch Hall. That report found the experiment a resounding success: the prisoners feel safe, relationships are first-class, food is very good and prisoners spend a useful day out of cell at work or in education. By the time of this inspection, however, that success had been brought to an end and another use for Darroch Hall has been established. It now holds convicted women. Is there any clearer illustration of the difficult choices confronting the Scottish Prison Service as a result of overcrowding throughout the estate? Because they have to find more and more space for more and more prisoners, they are forced to bring to an end one of the bright lights of Scottish prisons.

“In Greenock prison itself, however, prisoner numbers are not as high as they have been. This is, at least in part, because remand prisoners from Paisley are now held in Barlinnie. All overcrowding in Greenock is contained in one hall, Ailsa Hall. It is clear from this report (and from previous ones) that even a relatively small reduction in prisoner numbers in Ailsa Hall brings with it a significant improvement for prisoners and staff alike. The hall is quieter, more prisoners spend more time out of cell, staff are able to spend time with individual prisoners.

“This is a good report. Many aspects of the prison have been commended in previous reports, and continue to be good. Prisoners are quick to identify the good relationships which exist between staff and prisoners; and all the evidence of this inspection confirms that they are right. Statistics show that the prison is safe, although the SPS anti-bullying strategy is not used. The food, which is eaten in dining rooms rather than in cells by nearly all prisoners, is good and is recognised as good by prisoners.

“There is more that continues to be impressive. One part of the prison, Chrisswell House, holds long-term prisoners beginning their preparation for release. There are opportunities for some of them to take part in work placements in the community: these are very well organised and form a very useful part of training prisoners for life at the end of sentence. The Learning Centre provides a high standard of education. Laundry arrangements throughout the prison work well, the canteen is of high quality, and addiction services are well developed.

“One development in particular deserves comment. The First Night Centre has been established as a separate unit in Ailsa Hall. Arriving in prison can be very frightening: careful thought has been given to the needs of such prisoners. The report shows that the First Night Centre has “a clear focus on care and safety”. The benefits of these First Night Centres are clear wherever they are in use.

“Although there is much to commend in Greenock Prison, there are also serious concerns. It is very disappointing that the living conditions criticised in previous reports are no better. Reflecting the comments made in the inspection report of 2005: the toilet arrangements in Ailsa Hall and Darroch Hall are not good. The toilets in the cells have a small screen which offers little privacy from other prisoners if the cells are being shared, and no privacy from staff looking into the cell or entering it. In a few cells the toilet is completely unscreened. There is no sharing in such cells: but there should not be an unscreened toilet in a room where a prisoner sleeps, and may eat and may be locked up for long periods of time during the day. The decoration in Ailsa Hall is poor.

“As has been said, until recently the experience of young men under 21 years of age in Greenock was exceptionally good. Now it is exceptionally bad. The change of use of Darroch Hall means that these young men now live in Ailsa Hall, where their access to any kind of useful day is extremely limited. Indeed it is almost impossible for any prisoner to have access to a really useful day in Ailsa Hall because of the conflicting needs and demands of different groups of prisoners who cannot mix freely. Somehow Ailsa Hall is expected to make arrangements for at least six groups: adult lifers, adult long-termers, adult shorttermers, convicted young offenders, young remands and adult remands. It is not surprising, but it is not acceptable, that prisoners on protection have access to almost nothing which could be described as a useful day. Prisoners in segregation live in poor conditions with a poor regime.

“It was repeatedly said during inspection that the change of use of Darroch Hall from young men to women had happened very quickly. There are some good early signs mentioned in the report for the future of women in Greenock: but surely it does not take months of preparation to find clothing suitable for women? It is unacceptable that women should be required to wear clothing bought for young men. Inspectors were assured that underwear provided for men and women alike when required was new underwear: but none could be found when inspectors asked to see it.

“Report after report has suggested that sex offenders receive the least good preparation for release. There are a small number of sex offenders in Chrisswell House, and the preparation for release of these prisoners is poor. A particular frustration for all categories of prisoner in Chrisswell House is to do with escort arrangements. It does seem odd that those who take part in unsupervised work projects in the community must be handcuffed to be taken to hospital.

“The report describes the conditions and treatment of prisoners under escort to certain courts. The conditions in which prisoners are held at Oban Sheriff Court are dreadful.”

 

ANDREW R C McLELLAN
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
June 2009
 

Click Here to read the full report (Large File)

 


Visiting Committee

Visiting Committees provide a necessary outside perspective on the life and work of a prison or young offenders’ institution. They act as independent observers on behalf of the community and the Scottish Executive, to whom they are responsible. This independence is central to the function of Visiting Committees underlining the fact that they are not part of the management structure of a prison.

The principal duty of a Visiting Committee is to satisfy itself as to the state and administration of the prison and, in particular, the treatment of prisoners. Visiting Committees should ensure that conditions in prisons and young offenders’ institutions contribute to a safe, humane and decent environment in which prisoners’ rights are respected and where they are provided with opportunities to prepare for release in ways likely to reduce re-offending.

Visiting Committees visit establishments regularly and comment on these matters as well as providing robust, timely and fair responses to prisoners with issues or complaints.

Click here to download the latest Visiting Committee Annual Report (2009 - 2010)

Click Here to link to the Association of Visiting Committee’s website
 


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: July 2011



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