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Phone No.

01454 264000

Governor / Director

Chantel King


Male Cat. D


South West

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single, double and multiple

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Allan Taylor
Vice Chair: Brian Drury

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HMP Leyhill is a male category D/open prison holding life and determinate-sentenced prisoners.


Leyhill originally opened with hutted accommodation in 1946 (it was formerly a USAAF wartime hospital). It was the first independent, minimum security prison in England and Wales and has no perimeter security fence. From the outset, it was established to adopt an experimental approach to the rehabilitation of selected long-term prisoners.

In 1986, prisoners were re-housed from the original hutted accommodation into two new large units, providing single room accommodation. The redevelopment programme provided a new central kitchen, dining room and staff club.

During 1990, a new visits complex, reception, chapel, hospital and facilities for the farms and gardens, works department, physical education and education departments were completed.

It is the only minimum-security prison in the South West Area.


Leyhill was rebuilt in the late 1970s to early 1980s and in 1986 prisoners were re-housed in new living accommodation. In 2002 new accommodation units were added enabling the prison to cater for 530 prisoners.

  • A wing: 213
  • B wing: 211
  • C wing: 106

Reception Criteria

Adult males after re-categorisation to category D. Also holds up to 110 life sentence prisoners, allocated nationally.


  • Own clothes
  • Own bedding
  • PlayStation (PS1 only)
  • Television (£1 per week)

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Mon: 07:30 - 20:30
Tue: 07:30 - 20:30
Wed: 07:30 - 20:30
Thu: 07:30 - 20:30
Fri: 07:30 - 20:30
Sat: 07:30 - 20:30
Sun: 07:30 - 20:30

As an open prison Leyhill operates an open regime. Room doors are never locked and limited movement is allowed on the Units between 08:30 and 23:00.


As an open prison, prisoners may associate at any time that they do not have other activities.

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Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 50s
  • Pilates
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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The library is available 7 days a 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 Leyhill is: Revd. Catherine Todd

Full time Anglican and Muslim Chaplains. Part-time and visiting Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.

Leyhill has a Mosque, Multi-Faith Room and Buddhist Grove.

Facilities are provided for any prisoner to practice the faith of their choice.

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Specialist Clinics

  • CPN: Daily
  • Dentist: 2 half-days per week
  • Optician: Every 6 weeks
  • Physio : Weekly
  • Podiatry: Monthly
  • Stop Smoking: Daily

NHS Healthcare Information for Leyhill

Prison Healthcare Manager: Wendy Sparrow
Tel: 01454 264000

Healthcare Complaints

Healthcare provision in public prisons has transferred to NHS England who will commission ‘Offender Health Services’. This means that the method of complaint has changed. Inside Time have published a factsheet explaining the new process for making a complaint about healthcare in public prisons.

Prisoners should still follow the internal complaints procedure before making an official complaint to NHS England. The PALS system will no longer operate.


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Strode College
Church Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0AB
Tel: 01458 844400

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

Leyhill works in partnership with a number of Learning & Skills Providers and the SW Regional Learning Skills Council to provide a learning and skills provision that supports employment engagement, literacy, numeracy and key skills and personal development and social and life skills. Such programmes are designed to contribute to reducing prisoners' re-offending and assist in sustainable resettlement.

Foundation Learning includes;

  • Art
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • English
  • Social & Life Skills
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Open University
  • Pottery
  • Pre-release Course
  • Preparation for Work



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

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: 09/02/2007


Summary of grades awarded

Achievement and standards and the quality of provision: 2
Employability and vocation training: 2
Equality of opportunity: 2
Leadership and management: 2
Literacy, numeracy and language support: 3
Personal and social development: 2

To read their report click here

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Prison Workshops


Vocational Training

  • Barbering
  • Catering
  • Customer Services
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Recycling
  • Sports Studies
  • Stores
  • Woodwork

Accredited Vocational Qualifications

  • BIC's car valeting
  • British Institute of cleaning science [BIC'S] level 1 & 2
  • CIEH Food Hygiene
  • CIEH Health & Safety
  • City & Guilds Wood Machine
  • Dry Stone Walling (Dry Stone Walling Association)
  • ICT
  • National proficiency test council [NPTC] estates and ground maintenance
  • NPTC - Land based Activities
  • NVQ Catering & Hospitality
  • NVQ Customer Service
  • NVQ mens Hairdressing/Barbering
  • NVQ Performance Manufacture Operation
  • Road transport industrial training board [RTITB] Fork lift truck, counterbalance / all terrain / side loader / LLOP
  • Tractor Operator RTITB
  • Waste and management industrial training board level [WAMITAB] level 1 & 2

The farms and gardens provide work and training for about 75 prisoners on a 55-hectare estate, including extensive ornamental grounds.As an open prison a number of prisoners are able to be placed in the community completing a variety of work and training placements, again designed with the sole focus of improving a prisoner's chance of successful resettlement.


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Art and Design
Basic Construction Skills
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Customer Service
Diagnostic Test in ESOL, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Literacy, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Numeracy, 3 glh
Dry Stone Walling (QCF)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Intermediate Graded Examination in Music Literacy
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Key Skills in Working with Others
Music Literacy
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NVQ Diploma in Barbering (QCF)
NVQ in Barbering
NVQ in Food Processing and Cooking
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Personal Budgeting and Money Management
Practical Horticulture Skills (QCF)
Preparation for Work
Progression (QCF)
Speaking and Listening Skills for Adult Learners
Using Cooking Skills in a Domestic Kitchen

Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)


Current Wages


Employed: £7.50 - £12.50 (IEP based) for internal workers
Education: £8.00 / £9.50 / £12.50 (IEP based)
Retired: £9.00
Long term sick: £9.00



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  • CSP (Booster)
  • TSP (Thinking Skills Programme)

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HMP Leyhill says,


"As an open prison, HMP Leyhill provides a full range of purposeful opportunities for offenders preparing for release. Offenders are assisted in managing those very issues that have been the cause of their offending lifestyles, which is usually a combination of factors such as poor financial management, distorted cognitive thinking, substance misuse, difficult family networks, problematic health, low educational/skill ability and a sporadic employment record if any at all exists.

"The following pathways have been identified and we work with prisoners on more than just one of these pathways, in order that we can ensure a significant level of support before release into the community:

  • Accommodation ETE
  • Mental & Physical Health Substance Misuse
  • Finance Benefit & Debt Children & Families
  • Attitudes & thinking Public Protection".


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

No limits

No of Visitors Permitted


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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: 41.1 (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: £9,500,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £32,907
*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: Thornbury and Yate
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Steve Webb (Liberal Democrat)

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!

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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.

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:
16–20 April 2012 Announced inspection
Published: October 2012

Safe and calm, plenty of off-site work, but poor resettlement work

They said:
“HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire was the first modern, open prison when it opened in 1946. It now holds about 500 men, many of whom are serving long sentences for serious offences. Central to the prison’s role is the need to prepare most of these men for release back into the community while managing the risks they pose. This is no easy task, as other comparable prisons, and Leyhill itself, have found.

“ Leyhill was a safe prison. In our survey prisoners told us that they felt safe, and this was borne out by low levels of self-harm and violence that were sustained by embedded procedures. We observed a generally calm atmosphere. The primary mechanism for managing poor behaviour was a return to closed conditions. This was a severe sanction and there were different processes for prisoners serving determinate and indeterminate sentences; governance of the former was inadequate. Prisoners feared a return to closed conditions might be imposed arbitrarily and this caused a lack of confidence in processes such as complaints. Attitude to risk was generally proportionate and the number of absconds had fallen sharply since our last inspection. Some petty rules remained however – for instance, prisoners had to wear shirts with collars for visits. The positive mandatory drug testing rates were low but the prison was aware of the use of ‘spice’, a synthetic cannabinoid, in the prison and was addressing this.

“ The effective management of risk enabled an impressively large number of prisoners to participate in the ‘Through the gate’ programme and undertake paid or community work outside the prison. For men who had served long sentences this was important preparation for their eventual release back into the community, and helped equip them with the skills they would need to get and hold down a job. Many of these opportunities were made possible by the valuable support of a wide range of community organisations. Some prisoners complained that the process of granting release on temporary licence took too long and was too restrictive. In our view the process was appropriate but Leyhill, and the prisons that sent men to it, needed to manage prisoners’ expectations better.

“ Time out of cell was very good and there were sufficient activity places for all the men held. Workshops in the prison provided a good range of work and vocational training opportunities, but they would have been improved if the skills that the men gained were recognised in qualifications that were valued by employers. Prisoners could supplement work in or outside the college with ‘day release’ in good quality education. However, literacy and numeracy support was not sufficiently embedded in the workshops.

“ There was evidence that opportunities to gain work experience while at the prison had a real impact on prisoners’ ability to find employment after they were released. Despite the current economic climate, about a third of prisoners who had been discharged in the three months before the inspection had found permanent employment. Other practical help with resettlement needs, such as accommodation and money worries, was also good. Visit arrangements were satisfactory. Offender management and public protection arrangements were also generally satisfactory.

“ However, despite these positive elements, resettlement support was not managed strategically and did not ensure that the support and interventions that the men received were matched to their needs and risks. There was no whole prison approach to resettlement, so good specialist resettlement and offender management work was not sufficiently supported by day to day interactions between prisoners and staff in the prison.

“ Staff-prisoner relationships reflected this concern. They were generally respectful but officers were too passive. Most prisoners said there was someone they could talk to if they had a problem but there was too little proactive engagement. The external environment was very good and most accommodation was reasonable, but some new arrivals had to spend a short time in dormitories. Health care was generally good and an excellent new palliative care suite had recently been developed – unfortunately, at the time of the inspection the funds were not available to staff it. Some time before the suite had been developed, health care and residential staff had worked effectively together to provide dignified care for a terminally ill prisoner as his life ended. The palliative care suite met a clear need and should be sustained as an important regional prison resource.

“ Support for the 29% of prisoners over the age of 50 was generally good. A day care centre known, because of its appearance, as ‘The Lobster Pot’, provided activities for older prisoners, reduced isolation and encouraged healthy living. However, in other respects, work on equality and diversity issues was less good. In some areas the perceptions of black and minority ethnic prisoners were significantly worse than those of the population as a whole. The prison’s own monitoring data revealed some unequal outcomes that were a real cause for concern, but little had been done to address them. The investigation of diversity incidents was poor. There was no monitoring of other diversity strands. The prison needed to take immediate steps to improve the leadership and external quality assurance of its work on equality and diversity issues.

“ Leyhill provided a safe, decent environment in which to prepare the men it held for release back into the community and carefully managed the risks involved in doing so. However, in a generally positive picture there was scope to improve its approach in some important areas – and weaknesses in diversity work were a serious shortcoming that needed to be quickly addressed.”

Nick Hardwick July 2012
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: December 2013


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