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HMP LEICESTER Prison Regime Info


Address

116 Welford Road Leicester LE2 7AJ image of HMP LEICESTER prison

Phone No.

01162 283 000

Governor / Director

Ali Dodds

Category

Male Local

Region

East of England

Operational Capacity

408

Cell Occupancy

Double and multiple

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

Yes

IMB

Chair: Michael Erwin
Vice Chair: Janet Pavier

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HMP Leicester is a local category B prison for adult males.

 

The prison is situated in a commercial and residential district about half a mile from the city centre. It has the appearance of an impressive and strong medieval fortress. The Gatehouse is the oldest part, built in 1825. Further construction took place in 1874 and filled the bulk of the space within the secure perimeter. In 1990 a new visits and administration block was built adjoining the Gatehouse.

Accommodation
HMP Leicester is a “Victorian” prison on a 3 acre site close to the city centre. The The main residential unit is a large, four-storey Victorian building. Level one includes a first night centre and segregation unit. Level 2 contains a vulnerable prisoners’ unit, a substance misuse unit and also most prisoners with mobility difficulties. Remaining sections of these floors, and levels three and four, house mainstream prisoners, including an area set aside for enhanced prisoners.

Reception Criteria
HMP Leicester operates as a local prison for adult males.

Facilities

Full Cell Power
Hobbies Kits
Own Bedding (Enhanced)
Own Clothes (Remand, Un-convicted and deportees)
Television (£1 per cell)


 


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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 07:40
Tue: 07:40
Wed: 07:40
Thu: 07:40
Fri: 07:40
Sat: 08:10
Sun: 08:10
 


ASSOCIATION


Mon: 18:00 - 19:10
Tue: 18:00 - 19:10
Wed: 18:00 - 19:10
Thu: 18:00 - 19:10
Sat: 14:10 - 15:40
Sun: 14:10 - 15:40
 


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HEALTH & SPORTS


The gymnasium is staffed by four PEOs. PE facilities are limited, the gymnasium being a converted workshop which is fitted with Fixed Weight Machines and Free Weights Apparatus as well as Cardiovascular Training Machines. There is a full PE programme including weekday, evening and weekend sessions.

Activities available include;

  • Circuit Training
  • Healthy Lifestyle PE
  • Remedial PE
  • Tackling Drugs Through PE
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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LIBRARY


30 minutes twice a week. 

The library provision is contracted out to Leicestershire County Council.


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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 Leicester is: Helen Dearnley

There are two full time Chaplains (Anglican and Ecumenical), and a half time Muslim Chaplain who work alongside sessional Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jehovah's Witness, Jewish, Methodist, Mormon, Muslim and  Sikh ministers.

The chapel is located on the top level of the Education / Association building. A Multi-Faith Room is available for use in the same area.

A United service is held on Sunday mornings for VPU prisoners separately, followed by the Church of England service. Hindu meetings are held on Mondays. Sikh Worship is held on Tuesdays. Roman Catholic Mass is held on Thursdays. Muslim Prayers are held on Fridays.

In addition the Chaplaincy team facilitates basic and advanced Koran classes, a Bible study and an Emmaus course. The Chaplaincy team co-ordinate AA meetings, run a Relationships Course; they also offer Bereavement Counselling and are involved in a joint Community Chaplaincy Project, Futures Unlocked.


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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 Midlands Health & Justice Commissioning
(hosted by Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Area Team)
Primary care Provider:
Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust
Freepost, RSUL-LSXC-AGJU, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Lakeside House, 4 Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester LE19 1SS
Tel: 0116 225 6000
Customer Services: 0116 295 0830 or 0831
http://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/_OurServicesAZ.aspx
Provider of Physical Health Care
Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust
Provider of Mental Health Care
Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust

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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
Milton Keynes College
Chaffron Way Centre, Chaffron Way, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5LP
Tel: 01908 684444

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Lincoln College
Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5HQ
Tel: 01522 876000
 


The Learning and Skills accommodation has recently been developed and configured, now comprising six classrooms within the first two stories of a three story building, with space for 59 learners in vocational and foundation subjects. The education contractor is The Manchester College and timetabled sessions are run Monday to Friday 08:15 - 11:15 & 13:45 - 16:30 (no Education on Friday afternoons or on bank holidays).

The day to day timetable includes allocation of gym and library time and provides a mix of short, modular courses to both full and part time learners.

 

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Languages
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Maths

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

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: 52301
Last Inspection Date: 02/06/2008

 

Summary of grades awarded

Achievement and standards: 4
Capacity to improve: 4
Effectiveness of provision: 4
Employability training: 4
Employability training: 4
Equality of opportunity: 3
Leadership and management Inadequate: 4
Literacy, numeracy and ESOL: 4
Personal development and social integration: 4
Quality of provision Inadequate: Grade 4


To read their report click here
 


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Employment includes;

  • Clothing Exchange Party
  • Domestic Cleaners
  • Employment centres around;
  • Education
  • Greening Party.
  • Kitchen

YMCA Level One Gym Instructor

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Adult Numeracy
Basic ESOL Course, Entry Level
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Employability Skills (QCF)
Foundation Programme
ICT Skills for Life
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)

Unit Award Scheme (see also individual Unit titles)

 


 

Current Wages

 

Employed: £7.28 - £12.68
Education: £9.08 - £12,68
Retired: £3.60
Long term sick: £3.60

 


 


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


  • Short Duration Programme (SDP)

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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 18 years

No of Visitors Permitted

£3+ 3 children

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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: 18.2 (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.
 


PRISON BUDGET
Annual Budget: £8,600,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £37,238
*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: Leicester South
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Jon Ashworth (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

 


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

 

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.


Click Here for more information

 


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: 0116 228 3000 ext 3050
 


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: 4 – 7 October 2010 - Unannounced short follow-up inspection
Report Dated: December 2010
Published: 24th February 2011

They said:
“ HMP Leicester is a small, crowded, city-centre local prison with a transient and needy population. On our previous visit, we detected signs that the prison was beginning to rise to these challenges but said that there was much more to do. On our return, for this unannounced follow-up inspection, we were pleased to find that many of our recommendations had been implemented and there had been significant improvement in a number of areas.

“ Leicester remained a reasonably safe prison. Early days in custody were managed satisfactorily, a new violence reduction strategy was now in place and suicide and self-harm prevention arrangements were adequate. Security was proportionate, use of force was not excessive and there had been improvements in both the environment and management of the segregation unit. Clinical support to substance users was good.

“ The Victorian prison environment remained worn and cramped, despite efforts to maintain decorative and cleanliness standards. Access to showers and phones was limited. Staff prisoner relationships were generally positive, supported by an array of consultative arrangements and an improving personal officer scheme. Diversity was generally well managed, with improvements noted in the management of race relations and support for foreign nationals. Faith provision was excellent. Health care was undergoing a period of change and was the subject of complaints from prisoners.

“ Time out of cell had improved and had been accompanied by an increase in purposeful activity, although clashes with other aspects of the prison regime meant that these opportunities were not maximised. Few prisoners were unemployed but the range and quality of activities was limited. Education had improved. Access to the library and PE was good, but the outside sports area had been closed for some time.

“ There had been a sound focus on resettlement, with good strategic planning and management. There was effective offender management with some strong multi-disciplinary working and good use of community resources. Drug services and support to maintain links with families and friends were sound. A number of useful reintegration services were available.

“ Leicester is a small, complex local prison, which has to address the many risks and needs posed by its transient population in an ageing and inadequate environment. Commendably, this report identifies a good deal of progress against our previous recommendations and, therefore, some success in overcoming a number of these challenges. As a result, Leicester is now performing reasonably well against all our tests of a healthy prison.”

Nick Hardwick December 2010
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click here to read the full report

Previous Report
by HMCIP: June 2008 (Announced Full Inspection)

They said:
“HMP Leicester is a small, crowded, Victorian city-centre local prison. It has to manage an ever-changing population of prisoners, many with significant needs, in ageing and inadequate accommodation. Previous inspections have been highly critical of the prison, but on this visit inspectors detected some early signs of improvement, with a greater emphasis on safety and some encouraging developments in resettlement, although much more remained to be done. 

“After a tragic recent period with a number of deaths in custody, Leicester had placed greater emphasis on safety. Despite a cramped reception and some poor quality accommodation in the first night centre, prisoners received good quality care and reported positively on their early experiences. Efforts had been made to improve violence reduction and safer custody procedures and, although these areas still required a good deal of development, prisoners generally reported feeling safe. 

“Security was well managed and use of force, segregation and special accommodation were all relatively low. Effective measures were in place to reduce the supply of drugs into the prison and detoxification arrangements for the many prisoners arriving with a drug problem were sound. 

“The quality of accommodation varied, but much of it was in a poor state of repair. Staff–prisoner relationships were reasonable, but were not supported by an effective personal officer scheme and the approach to incentives and earned privileges was overly punitive. There was an energetic chaplaincy and health services were generally satisfactory. However, as in previous inspections, deficits were found in both the applications and complaints systems. It was also disappointing, particularly in a prison in one of the most diverse cities in the country, that work on diversity, race equality and foreign nationals was underdeveloped. 

“Leicester provided insufficient purposeful activity and prisoners spent too long locked up. A mid-morning roll check found 45% of prisoners in their cells. This was disguised by grossly misleading recording of time spent out of cell. While there had been some improvements in the range of work and opportunities to undertake vocational training, the quality of education was often poor and attendance was badly managed. Library and PE provision was basic. 

“Although aspects of the strategic management of resettlement required improvement and assessment arrangements needed to be streamlined, offender management arrangements were sound and there was a good range of practical reintegration services.

“In common with many ageing city-centre local prisons, Leicester has to address a wide range of needs presented by a transient population in an inadequate and overcrowded environment. This inspection found that some badly needed improvements were beginning to be made, particularly to address our previous concerns about safety and to provide some practical help with resettlement. However, even allowing for the obvious physical constraints, the new governor is fully aware that a great deal of further progress is required.”

Anne Owers September 2008 
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click here to read the full report  (Large File 1M)
 


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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insideinformation book
The insideinformation book

A comprehensive guide to prisons and prison related services, designed and compiled by former prisoners.

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Help and Support

Various pages of information for help and support organisations and networks for those in custody as well as recently released. Also information for friends and family.

Grants and Funding

This grants and funding pdf document aims to meet the need of prisoners and ex-offenders for accurate, up to date information on the supplementary funding available to prisoners.

Rules and Regulations

Information on rules & regulations used throughout the prison service.

Glossary of Terms

The Glossary of Prison Related Terms explains what all the acronyms and terms stand for with prison related matters. Includes links to external sites to further explain things.

Fact Sheets

We have produced many Prison Related Fact Sheets inc. Legal Fact Sheets, Parole Fact Sheets and Other related information.

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Find a Solicitor

You can search our solicitor database for listings of solicitors in your area that provide the services you require.

Find a Barrister

You can search our barrister database for listings of barristers in your area that provide the services you require.

Address Finder

You can search our address database in many ways to retrieve contact information for all those elusive addresses you need in a hurry.

Prison Law pdf

This document provides details of leading training providers who offer sound professional training.

Other Publications

Inside Information has produced a number of books and publications you can purchase online.

Site Map

Our site map page contains links to all pages on the insideinformation site.

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Inside Justice

insidejustice was launched in July 2010 to investigate alleged miscarriages of justice.

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