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HMP MAIDSTONE Prison Regime Info


Address

36 County Road Maidstone Kent ME14 1UZ image of HMP MAIDSTONE prison

Phone No.

01622 775 300

Governor / Director

Dave Atkinson

Category

Foreign Nationals

Region

Kent and Sussex

Operational Capacity

600

Cell Occupancy

Singles (Doubles on Weald Wing)

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

No

IMB

Chair: Penelope Spearman
Vice Chair: Alan Probert

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Foreign National prisoners

 

Maidstone prison is situated on the northern edge of the County Town of Kent. It was completed in 1819 and was constructed from local Kentish ragstone quarried from the site, to a design by architect Daniel Asher Alexander, and was the most advanced model of its time.

Maidstone was primarily originally occupied by prisoners convicted of sex offences. In January 2013 it was announced that Canterbury Prison would close and Maidstone would re-role to become a wholly Foreign National Prisoner establishment. this commenced in February and the last British prisoner left in September 2013. To date the new purpose of the prison has not been formally ratified and is still shown by HMP as a joint foreign national/sex offender establishment. Immigration/UKBA staff are now housed on-site to facilitate repatriation.

 

Accommodation

Weald (capacity 149) is an Induction Wing and has 38 double cells
Thanet (capacity 174)
Medway (capacity 101)
Kent (capacity 176).

Reception criteria

Foreign National prisoners

Facilities

  • Full in-cell power
  • Own clothes
  • Own bedding (not Basic - must comply with fire regulations, enhanced may have some bedding handed in)
  • Pets: Budgies only
  • PlayStation or PlayStation2 (Enhanced: no 18 rated games)
  • Television (£1 per week)

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 08:10 - 12:10, 13:45 - 17:15 & 18:05 - 19;45
Tue: 08:10 - 12:10, 13:45 - 17:15 & 18:05 - 19;45
Wed: 08:10 - 12:10, 13:45 - 17:15 & 18:05 - 19;45
Thu: 08:10 - 12:10, 13:45 - 17:15 & 18:05 - 19;45
Fri: 08:10 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 17:15
Sat: 08:40 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 17:15
Sun: 08:40 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 17:15
 


ASSOCIATION


Mon: 18:05 - 19:45
Tue: 18:05 - 19:45
Wed: 18:05 - 19:45
Thu: 18:05 - 19:45
Fri: 13:40 - 19:45
Sat: 08:40 - 11:45 & 13:40 - 17:15
Sun: 08:40 - 11:45 & 13:40 - 17:15
 


FACILITIES


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HEALTH & SPORTS


A purpose built Weights / Fitness room was opened in December 2004, which consists of free weights and fixed weight machines; also a range of Cardio Vascular equipment including cross trainers, treadmills, bikes and rowers. There is a generation 3 Astro-Turf Football Pitch. The gym hall provides circuits & badminton. CSLA & first aid courses are also provided.

Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss programme
  • Weight Training

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LIBRARY


Daily and weekday evenings.


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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 Maidstone is: Geoffrey Long
 


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HEALTHCARE


Specialist Clinics

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

NHS Healthcare Information for Maidstone

Prison Healthcare Manager: Janet Hambleton
Tel: 01622 775300

PCT: West Kent Primary Care Trust
South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

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

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

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

Contact Information

Freephone: 0800-0850-850
Email: customerservices@wkpct.nhs.uk

NHS West Kent
Customer Services
Wharf House
Medway Wharf Road
Tonbridge
Kent
TN9 1RE

There is also a Dental Helpline for ALL NHS dental enquiries: 01702 226668
 


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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
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)
Tribal Education Ltd
Head office: 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY
Tel: 020 7323 7100
 


Classes available include;

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

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

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: 52312
Last Inspection Date: 02/02/2007

 

Summary of grades awarded

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

To read their report click here
 


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops

Contract Services
Laundry
PICTA
Printing x3
Textiles
 
Employment

Employment includes;

  • Bricklaying
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Sports Studies

Maidstone Volunteer Bureau have links for prisoners externally regarding employment opportunities, Maidstone Prison is also a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, who can provide self employment advice/ sessions for prisoners on release. Maidstone has an SLA with Coppermill & London Metals to provide prisoners employment on release.
 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Basic Construction Skills
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Customer Service
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL for Work
ESOL for Work (Entry 3)
ESOL Skills for Life
Financial Literacy
ICT Skills for Life
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 1
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 2
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Key Skills in Working with Others
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care (SSA 3), PW E
QCF provision - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
QCF provision - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Leisure, Travel and Tourism (SSA 8), PW B
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Understanding Business Enterprise Activities (QCF)

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

 


Current Wages

 

Employed: £0.50 - £1.15 per session (maximum 9 sessions)
Education: £1.00 per session
Retired: £0.75 per day
Long term sick: £0.75 per day
 

Click Here to download Maidstone's Prisoners' Pay Policy 2010


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


As the prison re-roles to Foreign Nations prisoners the availability of courses has yet to be announced.


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RESETTLEMENT


Housing agencies such as Shelter has surgeries in Maidstone.

Maidstone uses ROTL for job interviews & employment opportunities.


FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

Up to 16

No of Visitors Permitted

3 adults and 3 children

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Parliamentary Information
CONSTITUENCY: Maidstone and the Weald
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Helen Grant (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

 


COMMUNICATIONS

Click Here for our factsheet about communicating with prisoners


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!

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website
 


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)

Click Here for our factsheet about how prison inspections are carried out

 

HMCIP REPORT
Click here to find the latest prison inspection report


Independent Monitoring Board
CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any 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: June 2014



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