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HMP HULL Prison Regime Info


Hedon Road Hull HU9 5LS image of HMP HULL prison

Phone No.

01482 282200

Governor / Director

Norman Griffin


Male Local


Yorkshire and Humberside

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Akua Shaw
Vice Chair: Susan Dyas

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HMP Hull is a large Victorian local prison holding category B adult and young adult males. It has been continuously expanded and now has ten residential units including ones for vulnerable prisoners and prisoners convicted of sexual offences and IDTS. A recent inspection described the environment as ‘poor’ with many single cells shared. Inspectors criticised the practice of staff calling prisoners by surname only which reflected the prisoner/staff relationship.


HMP Hull opened in 1870 to hold both men and women, 2 miles east of Hull city centre.

In 1939 it was used as a Military Prison and later a Civil Defence Depot. In 1950 it re-opened as a Closed Male Borstal. In 1969, after extensive security work, Hull became one of the first maximum security dispersal prisons.

On 31 August 1976 there was a riot which lasted 5 days and closed the jail for the best part of a year. In 1986 Hull was removed from the dispersal system and assumed its current role as a Male Local Prison/Remand Centre.

In 2002 the prison expanded and the site increased in size. The expansion included 4 new wings, a new healthcare centre, a new sports hall, a new multi-faith centre and refurbishment to other part of the prison including the kitchen, education and workshops.


Note: C & D Wings have now closed.

  • A First night induction centre
  • B Sentences and unsentenced adults (drug free)
  • F Healthcare centre
  • G IDTS unit
  • H Vulnerable prisoner unit
  • I Vulnerable prisoner sex offenders
  • J Vulnerable prisoner sex offenders
  • K Other vulnerable prisoner unit/sex offender overflow

Reception Criteria

Local prison holding remand, sentenced and convicted adult males (except Cat A) and young offenders. Some convicted prisoners undertaking specialist programme.


  • Own clothing (IEP)
  • Own bedding (IEP)
  • PlayStation
  • Television (£1 per week)

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Mon: 06:30
Tue: 06:30
Wed: 06:30
Thu: 06:30
Fri: 06:30
Sat: 08:00
Sun: 08:00


Mon: 17:45 - 19:45
Tue: 17:45 - 19:45
Wed: 17:45 - 19:45
Thu: 17:45 - 19:45
Fri: 13:45 - 16:15
Sat: 08:45 - 11:15 & 13:45 - 16:15
Sun: 08:45 - 11:15 & 13:45 - 16:15

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Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field (Astro Turf)
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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20 minutes per week.

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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 Hull is: Nick Whetton

Part-time Anglican and Free Church Chaplains. Visiting Catholic and Muslim Chaplains.

There are facilities for prisoners of other faiths to practice.

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Hull has type 3 healthcare centre status.


Specialist Clinics

  • CPN: As required
  • Dentist: Daily
  • InReach: Mon - Fri
  • Optician: Monthly
  • Physio: As required
  • Podiatry: As required
  • Stop Smoking : Twice weekly

NHS Healthcare Information for Hull

Prison Health Care Manager: Nicky Guilfoyle

Tel: 01482 282 200


Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
PALS is there to help when you need advice, or wish to make a complaint. As a patient, relative or carer PALS provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns that you may have about any aspect of your NHS care.
The service aims to:

  • advise and support patients, their families and carers;
  • provide information on NHS services;
  • listen to your concerns, suggestions or queries;
  • help sort out problems quickly on your behalf.

PALS acts independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff, managers and where appropriate, relevant organisations to negotiate prompt solutions. If necessary they can also refer patients and families to specific local or national-based support agencies.


Contact Information

Tel: 01482 347627



Customer Care Team
City Health Care Partnership CIC
The Business Support Centre
5 Beacon Way (off Brighton Street)
Safe Haven Fax: 01482 347698


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The Manchester College
The Manchester College, Offender Learning Directorate, Fielden Compus, Burlow Manor Road M1 3HB
Tel: 0800 068 8585

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Working Links
Head office: Unicorn House, Bromley, Kent BR1 1NX
Tel: 020 8212 8255

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Life & Social Skills
  • Maths
  • Open University



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

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.

Last Inspection Date: 10/11/2008


Summary of grades awarded

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

To read their report click here

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Prison Workshops


Employment includes;

  • Bricklaying
  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Joinery
  • Scaffolding
  • Sports Studies

Accredited Qualifications include;

  • CSCS Site Passport
  • Food Hygiene
  • Health & Safety
  • NVQ in Catering


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Adult Numeracy
Alcohol Awareness (QCF)
Basic Construction Skills
Book-Keeping and Accounts (QCF)
Business Skills Programme
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Drug and Substance Awareness
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), 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 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW D
NQF - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW D
NQF - Level 3, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Entry Level, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Entry Level, PW B, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Preparing for a Business Venture
QCF provision - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
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
Science and Mathematics (SSA 2)
Social Sciences (SSA 11)
Supervising Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Unit Award Scheme (see also individual Unit titles)

Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)


Current Wages


Employed: £6.55 - £11.85
Education: £6.55 (£10.15 enhanced)
Retired: £6.10
Long term sick: £6.10

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  • Enhanced Thinking Skills
  • Sex Offender Treatment Programme (Core, Rolling & Adapted)
  • Short Duration Drug Programme


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

No limits

No of Visitors Permitted

No limits

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Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 4
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: 20.9 (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.

Annual Budget: £19,900,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £34,176
*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
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Karl Turner (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



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.

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 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.

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].

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.

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.

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: 01482 282200 ext 2284

Drugs Strategy

Prisoners with drug/alcohol misuse problems are identified through reception procedures and mandatory drug testing results. The Healthcare Centre identifies and offers treatment programmes to those prisoners who need them, and there are drug education and treatment courses available.

In addition there is a team of 6 CARATs Drugs Workers (including 2 Detox Workers) based on site, employed by Compass. The team provides Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare services to individuals who may self refer at any point during their period in custody. CARATs also accept referrals from any other departments or agencies, both inside and out, and forms part of the sentence planning process. However, to ensure the work is meaningful, the service adheres to a strict confidentiality policy and client permission is always sought before any contact is made.


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.

Last Inspection by HMCIP: 14–17 February 2012 Unannounced short follow-up
Published: July 2012

Overcrowded with a poor environment but responding

They said:
“HMP Hull is a Victorian local prison holding adult and young adult men. At the time of the inspection it held almost 1,000 men. It has had a chequered history, but our last full inspection in 2008 was positive, and we found that the prison was achieving reasonably good outcomes for prisoners in all four of our healthy prison tests: safety, respect, purposeful activity and resettlement. During this unannounced short follow-up inspection, we found the prison had made sufficient progress in implementing our recommendations in three of those healthy prison areas, but progress under the respect heading had been insufficient. Short follow-up inspections focus on recommendations made at the last full inspection and so do not provide an assessment of the prison as a whole.

“ The environment was poor. Fundamentally, the prison remained overcrowded. It was certified to normally hold 723 men but at the time of this inspection held almost a third as many again. Cells were extremely small and many cells designed for one, were shared. In-cell toilets were shielded by a small screen or curtain. Prisoners had to eat their meals in their cells. Some cells did not have curtains and prisoners improvised with sheets or other material. Most we saw were clean but some contained significant amounts of graffiti. Rubbish, including food waste, had accumulated between cell windows and grilles on some wings. Exercise yards remained bleak.

“ Hull remained a prison where prisoners were routinely addressed by their surnames only and personal officer work was weak. We had been concerned about the quality and quantity of food provided at the last inspection but this had now improved. Some progress had been made on equality and diversity issues but support for foreign national prisoners was inadequate. Other prisoners were routinely used to interpret even for very confidential and sensitive issues – in one case, in an ACCT (suicide prevention) review. Health care had also improved, although waiting times and facilities were poor. Some prisoners were inappropriately admitted to inpatient care ‘on governor’s order’ and this appeared to be because of the vulnerability of the prisoner concerned rather than for any medical need. Arrangements for the administration of controlled drugs were poor.

“ The prison had made good progress in keeping prisoners safe. We did not find the prison to be unsafe at our last inspection but a high proportion of prisoners, particularly new arrivals and vulnerable prisoners, told us they felt unsafe. First night procedures had now improved and, as a result, prisoners felt safer when they first arrived. At the last inspection we had urged that suicide prevention and violence reduction procedures should be improved, and the prison had responded positively to these recommendations. Strategies to prevent violence were now sound and well informed. Suicide prevention procedures had also improved, although the quality of case management and recording was inconsistent. There was a good Listeners scheme. Use of force and segregation appeared appropriate, although governance required improvement. Drug and alcohol treatment services were adequate.

“ Purposeful activity outcomes had also improved since our last inspection. Good progress had been made in developing teaching and learning and there were better assessments of individual prisoner needs. A fully engaged prisoner could be out of their cell for about 8.5 hours a day and an unemployed prisoner for about 5.5 hours.

“ The prison had addressed our previous concerns about inadequately resourced and coordinated offender management. We had recommended that a resettlement needs analysis be completed and that this should form the basis of a resettlement strategy. Some progress had been made on this, but insufficient use had been made of the needs analysis that had been done. There had been progress in most reintegration pathways but weaknesses remained. Prisoners were not seen by health care staff before release, the drug strategy required updating and the needs analysis informing the children and families pathway required review. However, visits arrangements had improved and there was a good specialist debt service.

“ HMP Hull had, therefore, responded positively to the findings of our last inspection but some long standing concerns remain. Good work had been done to reassure prisoners about their safety and to reduce the risk they reoffend on release. Nevertheless, the physical state of the prison, overcrowding and some aspects of staff-prisoner relationships threaten to undermine the progress made in other areas. We hope that when we return next time, much greater progress will also have been made in these areas.”

Nick Hardwick April 2012
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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Previous Report
Last Inspection by HMCIP: November 2008 (Announced Full Inspection)

They said:
“Hull is a large local prison on an extensive site, holding a mixed population of mainstream adult prisoners, young adults and vulnerable prisoners. It is extremely creditable that, even with current population pressures, this inspection showed that it was performing reasonably well across all our four key tests – safety, respect, purposeful activity and resettlement.

“Hull was not an unsafe prison, but a high proportion of prisoners, particularly recently arrived and vulnerable prisoners, said that they had felt unsafe there. More resources were needed to support safer custody work: both to identify and deal with bullying, and to ensure that suicide prevention procedures were sufficiently robust and consistent. The roles and occupancy of K wing, the overspill segregation unit, and H wing, which housed both vulnerable and challenging prisoners, needed to be clarified. Nevertheless, use of force was low, and the integrated drug treatment system excellent.

“Hull’s buildings are a mix of old and new. Communal areas in both were commendably clean, but some of the cells in the older buildings were far too cramped for two men to eat and live, and some were in poor decorative order. The quantity and quality of food was poor. Relationships between staff and prisoners were appropriate and positive, although this was not yet reflected in an effective personal officer scheme or support for prisoners’ resettlement. Healthcare had improved considerably, although there were some concerns about primary mental healthcare. There was some extremely innovative work on diversity and race, which needed to be embedded at all levels and support for foreign nationals strengthened.

“The level of activities at Hull was commendable, especially for a local prison. Prisoners were able to have an average of nine hours a day out of their cells, and there were activity spaces for nearly 80% of prisoners. Some of the vocational training was excellent, and geared towards employment opportunities. Unfortunately, the quality and scope of some of the education provision, in particular, needed to improve, and activities needed to be aligned to the different populations. Nevertheless, it was creditable that Hull felt more like a training prison than a busy, transitory local.

“Some good work was taking place in resettlement, with some very impressive community links, a new offender management unit, focused work with priority and persistent offenders, and a multidisciplinary resettlement unit coordinating work across the resettlement pathways. These elements of work needed to be strengthened and coordinated, with a needs analysis, more support for offender supervisors, and better links between the resettlement and offender management units, and between those units and education, personal officers and diversity work.

“Overall, Hull was achieving some good outcomes for a local prison, particularly in activities and resettlement. There was evidence of commitment and innovation and, with only a few improvements, the prison could be performing well in these areas. The physical environment in the older part of the prison will remain a challenge, but the good relationships between staff and prisoners provide a sound basis for proactive work. The area of most concern was safety, where attention was needed to the basics of safer custody, as well as the development of innovative approaches. With that proviso, it was easy to see Hull becoming a high-performing local prison.”

Anne Owers March 2009
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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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 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 2014

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December 2014 Headlines
> Treat Prisoners as Human Beings, Not Criminals
> What are prisons for
> A search for any trace of the governmentís Rehabilitation Revolution
> Tell us why you did it?... You must be joking I didnít do it
> Care Act - what does it mean for prisoners
> Doctor Frankenstein and his monster
> Human Rights: truth and lies
> Scapegoating the undeserving poor
> Interview
> The first Miscarriage of Justice
> Month by Month - December 2014
> The 2014 Longford Trust Awards
> Is it all in the mind
> Time
> Learning in prison
> Take your first Steps to Success in 2015
> Spotlight Police and Crime Commissioners
> From over the wall
> Over-tariff IPPs: an appeal for your stories
> Paperwork is the key
> Adjudication - donít let those days count against you
> Insider Dealing
> Christmas Stories
> Christmas Messages
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