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HMP HIGHPOINT NORTH Prison Regime Info


Address

Stradishall Newmarket Suffolk CB8 9YN

Phone No.

01440 743500

Governor / Director

Mr Nigel Smith

Category

Male Cat. C

Region

East of England

Operational Capacity

1,325 Highpoint (N & S)

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

No

IMB

Chair: Susan Feary
Vice Chair: Marion Twitchett

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Category ‘C’ male establishment serving East Anglia and the South East. No lifers or prisoners with serious mental health issues. Highpoint North accepts Prisoners serving 3 year sentences and less, and those in the last 9 months of long term determinate sentences, with parole decisions. Accommodation consists of three ‘H’ shaped buildings where shared cells do not have internal sanitation and three new buildings with single cells and integral sanitation.

 

Highpoint North is the new name for HMP Edmunds Hill which has now merged with HMP Highpoint.

 

From 1938 to 1970 the site of the prison was a Royal Air Force base. It was then used as a transit camp for Ugandan Asian refugees, before opening in 1977 as a prison. During the 1980s there were a number of alternations to the fabric of the prison, and in November 1997 part of the prison (North) was converted to hold women prisoners.

Highpoint North and South prisons formally separated in July 2001, and Highpoint North was formally re-named HMP Edmunds Hill on 3 October 2003.

The prison became a Category C Male establishment serving East Anglia and the South East on 3rd January 2005.

Accommodation
Three H shaped buildings each house 67 men in single and shared rooms with 24 hour access to sanitation. Three RTU's with single cells and en-suite facilities house 160 men.

  • Units One, Two & Three (old RAF units) holding prisoners mostly in double rooms, with 24-hour landing-based toilets and showers. Some double rooms now house three prisoners;
  • Units Five & Six Single cells with in-cell sanitation and showers;
  • Unit seven Single cells with in-cell sanitation and showers;
  • Unit eight Redundant inpatients unit now closed for residential purposes.

Reception Criteria

No detoxing or seriously mentally ill prisoners as there is only a Standard Type 2 facility. No lifers or Score 3 prisoners. All other groups of prisoners accepted. Prisoners serving 3 year sentences and less, and those in the last 9 months of long term determinate sentences, with parole decisions.

Facilities

  • Hobbies kits
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding (Enhanced only)
  • Own clothes (IEP based)
  • PlayStation (Enhanced only)
  • Television (£1 per week - 50p double cell)

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 08:00 and 13:50
Tue: 08:00 and 13:50
Wed: 08:00 and 13:50
Thu: 08:00 and 13:50
Fri: 08:00 and 13:50
Sat: 08:30 and 13:50
Sun: 08:30 and 13:50
 


ASSOCIATION


Mon: 16:30 - 18:45
Tue: 16:30 - 18:45
Wed: 16:30 - 18:45
Thu: 16:30 - 18:45
Fri: 14:00 -16:15
Sat: 08:30 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:45
Sun: 08:30 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:45
 


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HEALTH & SPORTS


Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Pilates
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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LIBRARY


Every morning, 3x afternoon and 2x evening.


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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 Edmunds Hill is: Eve Bell

Full-time Co-ordinating Chaplain and Ecumenical/Restorative Justice Chaplain.
Part-time Free Church, Muslim and Roman Catholic Chaplains.

Faith-specific Chaplains: Buddhist, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Pagan, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness

 


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HEALTHCARE


Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
 
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East Midlands
East of England
Kent & Medway
Lancashire
London
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
 
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East of England Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Provider:
Care UK
Connaught House, 850 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 9QB
Tel: 01206 752 552
Primary Healthcare
Primary Mental Healthcare
Secondary Mental Healthcare
Pharmacy
Opticians
Escorts & Bed watches
Sexual Health
 
Other providers
Weymouth Dental - Dentistry
RAPt - contract held by County Council - Drug Treatment Services - IDTS


 


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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
A4e (Action For Employment Ltd)
Bessemer Road, Sheffield S9 3XN
Tel: 0800 345 666

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Tribal Education Ltd
Head office: 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY
Tel: 020 7323 7100
 


Classes include;

  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Numeracy
  • Open University

 

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

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: 52273
Last Inspection Date: 13/10/2006

 

Summary of grades awarded

Achievement and standards and the quality of provision: 2
Employability and vocation training: 2
Literacy, numeracy and language support: 2
Personal and social development: 2
Leadership and management: 2
Equality of opportunity: 2 


To read their report click here
 


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops

Data Entry
PICTA
 
Employment

Employment includes;

 

  • BICS
  • Carpentry
  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Sports Studies

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Art and Design
Award for Progression
Basic Construction Skills
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Diploma in Art and Design
Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
Diploma in Progression (QCF)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
Food Safety for Catering
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Health and Safety at Work
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Languages, Literature and Culture (SSA 12), PW A
NVQ Diploma in Barbering (QCF)
NVQ Hairdressing and Barbering (QCF)
NVQ in Barbering
OCN Level 1, PW A, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)
Progression (QCF)
Progression (QCF)

Sanitary Cleaning Proficiency Certificate

 


Current Wages

 

Employed: £8.50 - £18.00
Education: £9.00
Retired: £4.50
Long term sick: £4.50
 


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


  • P-ASRO

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RESETTLEMENT


  • Job club
  • Job Centre+
  • Self employment classes

FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

Up to 16

No of Visitors Permitted

1 adult; no number of children who meet the criteria

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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: 24.5 (2010) (As Edmunds Hill)
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
: £25,300,000 (2011-12)*

This figure is for the combined Highpoint Cluster of Highpoint North (Edmunds Hill) and Highpoint South (Highpoint)
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £38,943**
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.

** This figure relates to Edmund Hill before it was clustered.
 


Parliamentary Information
CONSTITUENCY: Suffolk West
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Matthew Hancock (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

 


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.

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.

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].

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
 


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for, and treatment of, those in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. They provide independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of 'healthy prisons' in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) is appointed from outside the Prison Service, for a term of five years. The Chief Inspector reports to Ministers on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons in England and Wales.

The Inspectorate’s programme of inspection is based on a mixture of chronology and risk assessment. Full inspections run on a five or three year cycle; all unannounced follow-up inspections run on a risk-assessed basis.

Full inspections
Prison establishments holding adults and young adults are inspected once every five years. Establishments holding juveniles are inspected every three years. This type of inspection lasts for at least one week. The Inspectorate collects information from many sources, including the people who work there, the people who are imprisoned or detained there, and visitors or others with an interest in the establishment. Inspection findings are reported back to the establishment’s managers. Reports are published within 16 weeks of inspection. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made within the report, within a short period following publication.

Full follow-up inspections
Follow-up inspections are unannounced and proportionate to risk. In full follow-up inspections inspectors assess progress made and undertake in-depth analysis of areas of serious concern identified in the previous full inspection, particularly on safety and respect.

Short follow-up inspections
Short follow-up inspections are also unannounced and conducted where the previous full inspection and their intelligence systems suggest that there are comparatively fewer concerns.

Escort inspections
Three escort inspections are conducted every year.

Pre-inspection visit
One month prior to each full announced inspection, an inspector will visit the establishment to plan the inspection and request a range of preliminary information. In addition, researchers will attend to conduct a confidential survey of a representative proportion of the prisoner population. Results from the prisoner survey are provided for inspectors prior to the inspection and constitute an important source of evidence.

The inspection
All inspections are conducted against the Inspectorate's published inspection criteria, 'Expectations'. Expectations' are based on international human rights standards, as well as Prison Service Orders and Standards, and over all issues considered essential to the safe, respectful and purposeful treatment of prisoners in custody and their effective resettlement.
'Expectations' is the document which sets out the detailed criteria HMI Prisons uses to appraise and inspect prisons. These criteria are used to examine every area of prison life, from reception to resettlement, including;

• safer custody
• health services
• good order
• work
• diversity
• resettlement

The concept of a healthy prison is one that was first set out by the World Health Organisation, but it has been developed by this Inspectorate, and is now widely accepted as a definition of what ought to be provided in any custodial environment. It rests upon four key tests:

• safety: prisoners, even the most vulnerable, are held safely
• respect: prisoners are treated with respect for their human dignity
• purposeful activity: prisoners are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them
• resettlement: prisoners are prepared for release into the community, and helped to reduce the likelihood of reoffending

Post-inspection action
Inspection reports are published within 16 weeks of the inspection. Prior to publication, the Prison Service (or whoever is responsible for the establishment) is invited to correct any factual inaccuracies within the report. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made in the report, within two months of publication. A progress report on the action plain is produced after a further 12 months.
 

HMCIP REPORT
Last Inspection by HMCIP: 7–11 September 2009 - unannounced full follow-up inspection

This inspection was done before the merger of Edmunds Hill with Highpoint.

They said
“Edmunds Hill opened as a category C male training prison in 2005, having previously been a women’s establishment. On our last visit, we commended the prison for making a smooth transition to its new function but identified a number of areas for improvement. On our return, for this unannounced full follow-up inspection, we found that Edmunds Hill had continued to make slow but steady progress.

“Reception was efficient but more needed to be done to ensure that those with poor English understood what was going on. We were concerned that staff did not undertake one-to-one interviews with new arrivals on their first night to ensure that all appropriate issues were discussed in privacy. Work to prevent self-harm had improved, although those requiring constant watch were still inappropriately housed in the special cell in the segregation unit. More work was needed on anti-bullying. Security arrangements were effective and drug use was commendably low, but controls on visits were now disproportionate.

“Staff–prisoner relationships were generally good, supported by a functioning personal officer scheme. Effective consultation had ensured that a centrally-imposed reduction of spending on food – which could have had led to a serious reaction from prisoners – had been quietly implemented. While race issues were dealt with satisfactorily, more work was needed to address negative perceptions among black and minority ethnic prisoners. The wider diversity agenda was also underdeveloped. There was a particular need to address better the needs of the large number of foreign national prisoners, for example by increasing interpretation and translation services. The chaplaincy was effective and healthcare was much improved. Considerable progress had been made to expand the quantity and quality of purposeful activity. Learning and skills provision had improved. While time out of cell varied across the residential units, association was rarely cancelled. Access to PE had increased but access to the library was poor.

“Resettlement work was reasonable, with an appropriate emphasis on identifying and addressing resettlement needs on arrival. However, strategic management and direction would be improved by a needs analysis and there was still a huge backlog in offender assessments and reviews. There was sound work along most of the resettlement pathways.

“Edmunds Hill had progressed in a number of areas since our last visit and had begun to establish itself as an effective training prison, after a difficult period in which its function changed a number of times. Unfortunately, a further major upheaval was now under consideration, with plans to amalgamate the prison with its larger neighbour, HMP Highpoint. It is to be hoped that the progress made in recent years is not undermined by yet more major change.”

Anne Owers December 2009
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

 


Independent Monitoring Board

By law every prison and immigration removal centre must have an Independent Monitoring Board. IMBs in prisons derive their responsibilities from the Prison Act 1952 (Section 6). Prison Rules dealing with IMBs are numbers; 74 to 80

IMBs were known as ‘Boards of Visitors’ and are still referred to in the legislation under their old titles, although this is likely to change in the near future.

The Independent Monitoring Board for each establishment is made up of independent and unpaid volunteers from the local area. They monitor the day-to-day life in the establishment and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Members have unrestricted access to all areas of the prison at all times and can talk to any prisoner they wish, out of sight and hearing of a members of staff. They visit all areas such as; kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare centre and chaplaincy.

If a prisoner or detainee has an issue that they have been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, they can place a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. In addition, if something serious happens at the prison, for example a riot or a death in custody, IMB members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which it is handled.

IMB members sample food, can attend adjudications and should visit people held in the segregation unit. They must also be kept informed on such issues as the use of restraints.

The IMB meets regularly, usually once per month, and has an elected Chair and Vice Chair. Members work together as a team to raise any matters of concern and to keep an independent eye on the prison.

 

CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any prison.
Click on the year and then select the prison.
 

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: January 2014

 



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