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Bill Millar




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As the only prison in Jersey, HMP La Moye needs to fulfil the functions of an entire prison system, and caters for all people remanded or sentenced to custody within its jurisdiction.


It has an operational capacity of 184 prisoners, and holds men, women, young adults, and even juveniles (if required).

  • Juveniles are from 15-18 years old
  • Young Offenders are from 18 to 21 years old
  • Adults are from 21 years old

There are seven residential wings. These include separate wings for women and young adults, discrete segregation units for adults males and young adults and a vulnerable prisoner unit.

The second phase of the prison redevelopment has resulted in a new wing which can house up to 62 prisoners in accommodation which meets today’s standards. 


  • Fridges
  • Own bedding
  • Own clothes
  • PlayStation (Enhanced only)
  • Television £2 per week)

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Mon: 07:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 17:30, 18:00 - 20:30
Tue: 07:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 17:30, 18:00 - 20:30
Wed: 07:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 17:30, 18:00 - 20:30
Thu: 07:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 17:30, 18:00 - 20:30
Fri: 07:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 17:30, 18:00 - 20:30
Sat: 08:15 - 12:15 & 13:15 - 17:00
Sun: 08:15 - 12:15 & 13:15 - 17:00


Mon: 18:00 - 20:30
Tue: 18:00 - 20:30
Wed: 18:00 - 20:30
Thu: 18:00 - 20:30
Fri: 18:00 - 20:30
Sat: 10:00 - 12:15 & 13:15 - 17:00
Sun: 10:00 - 12:15 & 13:15 - 17:00

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Sports available include;

  • Sports Field
  • Badminton
  • Basket Ball
  • Circuit Training
  • Weight Loss programme
  • Soft Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial

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The Library opened in November 2007, as part of the new Learning and Skills programme and is managed by Gail Bennie, who previously worked for the Jersey Library.

The book stock is in excess of two thousand items, and is similar to that of a small Branch library.

A wide range of materials are available for prisoners to borrow, including
Fiction, Non fiction, audio CDs, magazines and foreign literature.

There is also a small Reference section, including a collection of Jersey Laws, and daily newspapers are available to read during library sessions.

The Library's aims are to promote reading for pleasure, support all aspects of learning and education, improve literacy levels, and to encourage users to develop interests, hobbies and skills.


Each prisoner has two and a half hours per week.

Projects being coordinated include:

  • Storybook dads
  • Books on prescription
  • Reading groups/Book reviews
  • Reading challenges

Information to support the existing library material will be available to prisoners on the internal education network via an intranet which will be developed in conjunction with the new Studywiz Learning Platform (VLE).

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Visiting Anglican, Catholic, Free Church and Mulsim Chaplains.

The Anglican Chaplain can arrange facilities for any other faith.

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Specialist Clinics

  • Acupuncture
  • CPN
  • Dentist
  • InReach
  • Optician
  • Physio
  • Podiatry
  • Stop Smoking



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All prisoners have a meeting with a representative from the Prison’s Education Department, usually the Deputy Head, within two weeks of arriving but usually within the first week. This is to introduce them to the facilities available at HMP La Moye as well as to find out about their education and work background. All new prisoners are encouraged to take assessments in Literacy and Numeracy. These are computerised tests and help prisoners find courses at an appropriate level.

Basic Skills Assessments/Lessons 
The prison have a basic skills tutor who offers lessons in English and Maths and the opportunity to take Adult Literacy and Numeracy exams. The prison also offers the Toe-by-Toe scheme which helps prisoners to improve their literacy skills with the support of a fellow prisoner.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Weekly lessons are offered for those who have English as a second language. There are opportunities for prisoners to sit exams in English from beginner to advanced levels.

ICT (Information Communication Technology) – Computer Skills!
They offer training to enable prisoners to take the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). The ECDL is an internationally-recognised qualification which enables people to demonstrate their competence in computers skills and is the fastest growing IT user qualification in over 125 countries. There are two ECDL levels – Level 1 consists of 3 modules: Basic Concepts of IT, Using the Computer and Managing Files and Internet and Intranets. Level 2 consists of the remaining 4 modules: Word Processing (Word), Spreadsheets (Excel), Database (Access), Presentation (Powerpoint), Using IT. There is a training package on the prisoner network which can be accessed from the Wings. Support will be offered in the LEC for computer skills and the ECDL.

Open Learning
They have an Open Learning Tutor who assists prisoners in finding appropriate distance learning courses and supports them on their courses. All prisoners wanting to embark on a distance learning course will have to take a Literacy and Numeracy assessment so that the prison can gauge the appropriate level course for them. They have support from several volunteer teachers with specialist subject knowledge for those prisoners that require it.

The prison offers courses via the National Open College Network which provides opportunities for learners to achieve credits in a broad range of subjects at different levels from Entry Level Award for beginner learners through to Level 2 Diploma (equivalent to 5 GCSE’s) and Level 3 Certificates (equivalent to A-levels/NVQ3/GNVQ Advanced).


Courses include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery and Languages
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Life & Social Skills
  • Literacy & Numeracy
  • Maths
  • Music

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Workshop Training
The workshops have been refurbished and offer courses in painting/decorating, carpentry/joinery and brickwork/blockwork. Courses and qualifications in industrial cleaning are also available. Prisoners have the opportunity to gain NOCN and City & Guilds qualifications. 

Workshops include;

  • Bricklaying
  • Car Valeting
  • Catering
  • Gardening & Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Recycling and Sports Studies

The prison offers a rolling programme of other courses including Life Skills, French, Spanish, Art, Drama, Financial Management, Cricket and Football Coaching. The programme continues to develop to match prisoners’ needs and interests.


Current Wages

Employed: £15.00 - £22.00
Education: £18.00
Retired: £2.20
Long term sick: £2.20

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The prisons runs no Offending Behaviour Courses.

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Prisoners complete 8 weeks of community work before commencing employment on temporary release. Prisoners earn entitlement to Home Leave and overnight Home Leaves.

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Story Book Dads/Mums
Story Book Dads/Mums operates at this prison.
The imprisoned parent records a story and a message which is then edited and enhanced using digital audio software and editors remove mistakes and add sound effects and music. Finally a CD is made, a personalised cover created, and the finished disc sent to the child. The whole service is free.

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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. HMIP inspects La Moye.

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: July 2005

They said:
“La Moye prison needs to fulfil the functions of an entire prison system. As the only prison in Jersey, it holds men, women and children charged or convicted across a wide range of criminal offences.

“This inspection found some serious deficits in the processes and procedures needed to support that varied group of prisoners. Few of the recommendations in our previous report in 2001 had been actioned four years later. As a consequence, the safety and security of prisoners and staff, and the likelihood of prisoners’ rehabilitation, were compromised. However, we also found examples of extremely good relationships between prisoners and staff, some of whom went out of their way to try to make good some of the systemic deficiencies.

“Safety and security are key issues for prisons. La Moye lacked proper first night or induction procedures, and a large proportion of men and women felt unsafe on their first night. Prisoners told us that bullying was a serious problem, yet there were no systems to deal with it, other than to remove victims to a succession of separate areas, including an unstaffed and unsupervised unit which was little more than a collection of cupboards. This was used as an escape route from the vulnerable prisoners’ unit, which was itself a location for bullying. Staff supervision of prisoners in some areas was poor, and there was no proper monitoring of incidents, assaults and complaints. Suicide and self-harm procedures were in place, though they relied too much on healthcare staff, and there was inappropriate use of strip-conditions for those at risk of self-harm.

“Systems to support physical security were also weak. Potential weapons and escape equipment were lying around the prison. Night security was of particular concern, with unlocking procedures that placed both staff and prisoners at risk. Crucially, the prison had no reliable prisoner database. As a result, it was unable to assess prisoners’ needs or seek to meet them. This was a particular issue in relation to black and minority ethnic and foreign national prisoners. La Moye held a number of Madeiran Portuguese-speaking prisoners, nearly all of whom were located on the vulnerable prisoners’ unit. There were no race relations or foreign national policies or procedures: indeed the resignation of the race relations liaison officer two years previously had not even been noted by the prison until our pre-inspection visit. Although many black and minority ethnic prisoners reported good relationships with staff, a quarter of young adults said they had been victimised by other prisoners because of their race.

“Most living units lacked integral sanitation, and some prisoners needed to slop out in the mornings. However, we were impressed, in most areas of the prison, by the proactive relationships between staff and prisoners: most prisoners told us they knew their personal officer, and had a member of staff to whom they could turn. Healthcare was also well delivered, though there was need for better mental health provision. Food was better than we normally see.

“Prisoners were rarely locked in their cells. However, there was not enough for them to do. There was very little by way of education or training, to try to provide prisoners with the skills they might need to gain employment on release, and to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. Education amounted to 25 hours of one teacher’s time; there was little full-time employment, and what there was was mundane or domestic. This meant that prisoners entering La Moye were likely to leave without experiencing the positive interventions that might make it less likely that they would reoffend. Nor had the prison yet addressed prisoners’ resettlement needs. There were no policies, little sentence planning and very little, other than limited drug rehabilitation, to help prisoners address their offending behaviour, or prepare them for release. Very few prisoners, compared to other prisons we have inspected, knew where to get help in finding housing, employment or other support.

“The prison held two discrete populations: women and children. The physical environment for the women was poor, and the work opportunities limited. Access to sanitation was unsatisfactory, and until the week of the inspection there had been no proper reception procedures for them. They were effectively out of the line of sight of prison managers. Their accommodation and opportunities needed urgently to be improved.

“We did not consider La Moye to be an appropriate place to hold children. Very little education was available, and child protection arrangements and staff training were inadequate. No risk or vulnerability assessments of children were carried out. La Moye is a complex establishment, with a diverse mix of prisoners. It has had to increase its capacity over the last five years, as more men and women have been sentenced to prison, and for longer periods. One of our main recommendations is that its complexity is reduced, by holding all juveniles separately, in the purpose-built unit now being constructed on Jersey. Having done that, there is an urgent need to put in place some of the infrastructure and resources that the prison needs to carry out its core task.

“Both prison managers and those responsible for custodial provision in Jersey are aware of the need to tackle the underlying issues at La Moye, in order to ensure that the prison plays an effective part in crime reduction and public protection. Their task will be to retain the positives in the prison – particularly its good staff–prisoner relationships – while putting in place the systems and procedures that can ensure safety and help reduce reoffending. This needs to be done as a planned package, so that strengthened processes run hand in hand with increased opportunities for prisoners. Our second main recommendation, therefore, is that a performance improvement plan, including time-bound targets and costings, should be agreed between the prison and the Home Affairs Committee. We hope that this report, and our recommendations, will assist in that process.”

Anne Owers September 2005
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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Each Year the States of Jersey Prison Service publish a report about the prison


Governor's Introduction

“ 2009 proved to be a year of significant progress at H.M. Prison La Moye and I am pleased to report on the performance of the Jersey Prison Service over this period.

“ Providing learning opportunities and skills development for prisoners continued to be high on the agenda and the achievements documented in this report are testament to the distance travelled in this area of our business in a relatively short time period.

“ In regard to facilities, Phase 3 of our new build programme was completed and two new accommodation wings (K & L) came on stream. This brought an end to “slopping out” and all prisoners now have access to in-cell toilet facilities. This Phase also included a new Sports and Fitness Centre, which consists of a large sports hall, a weight training room, a cardio-vascular fitness suite and a classroom.

“ On 1st June 2009, the uniformed staff moved to an average net 37 hour working week, with paid meal breaks incorporated, extending their time on site to 40 hours. This necessitated the creation of new attendance patterns for all grades and this was achieved, working in partnership with the Prison Service Association. The new attendance patterns introduced more efficient deployment of staff resources.

“ With reference to staffing, while I was still unable to achieve the full budget to recruit to the approved Full-Time Equivalent for the Jersey Prison Service, additional funding was provided part way through the year to facilitate the reduction in working hours and allow additional Prison Officers and Operational Support Grades to be recruited. By the end of the year, La Moye was only two officers short of its full complement requirement; its healthiest staffing position for many years. Prisoner numbers remained relatively static, with a daily average of 184 and peaking at 199 (representing a marginal increase on 2008).

“ It was a particularly demanding year in regard to managing prisoners with a history of mental health problems or personality disorders. Several very difficult cases came under our management during the year and while we received support and advice from our colleagues in Health and Social Services, I have to commend the prison staff from all disciplines who managed these individuals with a high level of professionalism and compassion.

“ With reference to budget management, while the financial report reflects an over spend, this was agreed in advance and the outturn was within a fraction of a percent of that projected. In conclusion, the Jersey Prison Service has benefited from very good support from external partners and stakeholders in 2009 and this has assisted us in delivering a very good performance.”

Bill Millar

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Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.

Last Update: March 2012

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