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Steve Robson


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Kirklevington is a small category ‘C/D’ semi-open prison generally taking prisoners who intend to settle in the north east. It is a specialist resettlement prison with twelve residential units, all with single rooms and D, E and L units having en-suite facilities. The prison carefully selects its prisoners so, it is to be expected, it is a safe and stable prison with good prisoner/staff relationships and highly motivated prisoners. The prison has good community links and prisoners undertake local community projects.


Opened in October 1992 as a Resettlement Prison for adult male prisoners intending to settle on release, in the North East of England. Catchment area - Carlisle to Leeds.


Single Rooms with fitted storage cupboards.
All rooms have privacy locks, prisoners having their own key.

  • A, B, C, F, G, H, J and R units single rooms in the main building situated off the main corridors on the ground and upper floors
  • D and E units 40 single rooms in two modern, prefabricated buildings
  • K unit 40 single rooms in a modern, prefabricated building
  • L unit 60 bed single room with en-suite shower, toilet and sink facility. It is the newest residential unit, opened in 2008

Reception Criteria

Normal reception arrangements:
Reception follows an extensive application process for prisoners who should be Category C or D. Lifers are accepted on allocation following parole board review for open conditions.

Determinate sentence prisoners should have a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 36 months left to serve.

All applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of a desire to change
  • Evidence of a need of a resettlement regime
  • Evidence that they are a manageable risk when granted temporary release


  • Full in-cell power
  • Own clothes
  • Own bedding
  • PlayStation
  • Television (£1 per week)
  • Prisoners can keep a budgie

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There are no unlocking times.

Reception is open from 05:00.


The main Association Room is open;

  • Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 13:30 and 17:00 - 22:30;
  • Friday 12:00 - 13:30 and 17:00 - midnight;
  • Saturday 08:00 - midnight;
  • Sunday 08:00 - 22:30.

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Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Pilates
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Special Needs Classes
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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Weekday afternoons and evenings.

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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 Kirklevington Grange is: Yvonne Yates

There are no resident Chaplains but facilities for all faiths.

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Prison Head of Healthcare: Mrs. Elise Smithson
Tel: 01642 744018

Commissioner: North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit
Tel: 0191 374 4138

Provider: North East Offender Health, Care UK
Tel: 0191 3729936

Healthcare Services are provided by CareUK. Nursing, Pharmacy and support Healthcare services are provided directly by Care UK staff. Other Primary Care services are delivered by Care UK e.g., GP, Dentistry and Mental Health services, through the provision of a number of different sub-contractors.

Prisons are a community like any other and CareUK offers a wide range of comparative services, delivered in an appropriate setting by highly skilled staff. Clients are able to access varied services, including a comprehensive range of Nurse led clinics, regular GP services and Drug & Alcohol interventions. Other interventions can also be accessed if required, including, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Chronic or Long-Term Conditions and Dentistry.

In partnership with commissioning bodies, the needs of each individual establishment are assessed and CareUK work with customers to enable the delivery of quality, patient focussed care in a timely manner, which will improve health outcomes for all who access the service. We are proud of our track record in improving the long-term health of our customers and lowering rates of emergency hospital admissions.

Additionally Telemedicine, provided by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, is provided for a range of specialties. This enables prisoners to have planned outpatient appointments as well as urgent care from within the prison via video link.

Any queries or concerns about Healthcare should be addressed in the first instance by contacting the Head of Healthcare.


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

Classes include;

  • Basic Education
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Life and Social Skills
  • English
  • Maths
  • Crafts
  • Computer Studies
  • Languages
  • Creative Writing
  • Open University



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


To read their latest report click here

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Prison Workshops
Employment includes; 
  • External Community Work and External Paid Employment
  • Horticulture
  • Kitchens
  • Recycling
  • Restorative Justice
  • Welding
  • White Goods


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS

Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Certificate of Competence in Brushcutting Operations
Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Mowers
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 3
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care (SSA 3), PW E
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
Practical Horticulture Skills (QCF)
Practical skills/crafts, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
The Safe Use of Pedestrian Controlled Mowers (QCF)
The Safe Use of Ride-on Self Propelled Mowers (QCF)


Current Wages

Employed: £1.80 - £2.10 per day
Education: £2.10 per day
Retired: £0.70 per day
Long term sick: £0.70 per day

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  • Alcohol Awareness,
  • Alcohol Users Self-Help Group (inside and outside prison)
  • CALM
  • CDVP
  • Drug Users Self-Help Group (inside and outside prison)
  • SCP Block 5
  • TSP

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Great emphasis placed on prisoners accepting personal responsibility for their actions. All resettlement activity is based on sentence plan targets, which are reviewed regularly, together with robust ROTL risk assessments with focus on risks to the community. Prisoners have the opportunity to prepare for release through skills training and full-time employment.

A comprehensive Induction/Development Programme (TEG, Training and Development Group) focuses on team building, communications skills and victim awareness. The STEPS course is followed by a minimum 25 days community work with the voluntary sector with placements ranging from assisting with Riding for the Disabled to creating an environment park at Natures World. A Community Work Task Force has been established at the prison.

The prison runs its own ‘in-house' job club, with links to local job centres and a range of known local employers who work in partnership with the establishment. The prison is very successful in helping prisoners gain full-time employment.


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

Minimum 2 years

No of Visitors Permitted

No limit

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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: 53.0 (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: £5,300,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £33,132
*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
CONSTITUENCY: Stockton South
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: James Wharton (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



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.

Drug Strategy

All prisoners are encouraged to agree to the voluntary testing regime, which covers a range of drugs and alcohol misuse issues. All prisoners are tested on reception and thereafter, on a regular basis.

The CARAT's service is provided in partnership with Phoenix House and specialises in relapse prevention. The standard Prison Service MDT testing programme operates alongside, but separate to the voluntary testing programme.


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: 9 –13 May 2011 - Announced inspection
Report Dated: July 2011
Published: September 2011

They said:
“Kirklevington Grange is a small, specialist resettlement prison preparing men coming to the end of long sentences for their return to the community – mostly locally in the North East of England. It performed its specialist function very well.

“ Kirklevington carefully selected its prisoners and so, of course, in that and in other ways, a comparison with many other prisons might seem unfair. However, the principles that Kirklevington successfully applied – of men making progress by working hard to put something back into the community and to acquire the skills, experience and confidence they will need to get and hold down a job on release – are principles that have a wider application in the prison system.

“ The prison was very safe. Diversity work, health care and basic services such as catering were all of a high standard. Prisoners were treated with respect and individual attention was paid to their progression. High standards of conduct and motivation were expected in return and these were rigorously enforced. In 2010, 95 men had been returned to closed conditions; while we believed this approach was right, recording of these decisions and other sanctions needed to be improved.

“ Most prisoners were highly motivated to make progress but needed support to do so. I spoke to one newly-arrived, older man looking through the fence over the countryside to the Cleveland Hills in the distance. He told me it was the first time he had had a view of more than a few yards for many years and that while he looked forward to his release, he was anxious about it too.

“ Men moved through the prison from the older, more typical accommodation attached to the main building to new, higher standard, en-suite accommodation. In parallel, men progressed from the good quality training workshops inside the prison to unpaid community work outside the prison before, in most cases, concluding their sentence by doing paid work outside the prison and having the opportunity to re-establish home and community links through home leave and release on temporary licence. The opportunity for prisoners to work or undertake activities outside the prison was subject to rigorous risk assessment. This caused some frustration among prisoners but we were satisfied it was a necessary, fair and proportionate process. All prisoners had the opportunity to participate in good quality education in day or evening classes.

“ The prison had impressive community links with a good focus on restorative justice principles. A 12-strong taskforce undertook local community project work and the prison offered 65 placements outside the prison with local community organisations. Prison facilities, such as the gym, were used to host community events, such as activities for young people with learning difficulties, in which prisoners participated. Some men who had been helped to address their own drug problems were training to become volunteer drugs workers.

“ The governor personally led the prison’s resettlement strategy, of which employment, training and education were the central feature. Prisoners recorded their own progress in open ‘green files’ and the governor and offender management staff used the files to offer encouragement and advice. It was a good system that would have been improved further if personal officers had made better use of it. It was rare for a man to leave the prison without somewhere suitable to live. Other aspects of resettlement were also good but had been subject to some recent reorganisation. This needed monitoring to ensure there was no reduction in effectiveness. Kirklevington Grange performs its specialist role effectively. At a time when ‘working prisons’ and reparation to the community are under much discussion, ministers could do worse than look at how Kirklevington tackles these issues.

Nick Hardwick July 2011
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click Here to read the full report

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: February 2013


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