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HMP Northumberland has been created by amalgamating HMPs Acklington and Castington. The new prison will be put up for tender in the new year with HMP competing with private companies to manage it.
The Regimes of the two prisons are being standardised; we show, below, the old regime for Acklington. As soon as changes are confirmed we will up-date this information. In the meantime, please ensure you check with the prison before acting on any important information below.
HMP Northumberland was formerly two separate prisons situated a few hundred meters apart - namely, HMP Acklington and HMP Castington. The merger of the two prisons was announced in 2010 and work began in April 2011 to merge all of the functions. On 31 October 2011, the merged prison became known as HMP Northumberland. The physical merge of the prison has now been completed, with the erection of a fence linking the two sites. Northumberland now has one Gate and one Reception.
Fifteen House Blocks (HBs) - all single cell accommodation.
The Gateway Unit is a dedicated drug free/recovery unit.
The other fourteen HBs hold convicted category C prisoners. Five of these HBs hold VPs; the rest are all classified as normal location.
Prison issue duvets are provided.
Prisoners are not permitted to have pets.
In-cell TV is available to all Enhanced and Standard prisoners.
Own clothes may be worn on residential units during association periods; prison clothing is provided and worn for attending places of work, chapel and visits.
Mon - Thu: 17:00 - 19:15
HEALTH & SPORTS
The following sports are normally available:
Mon & Wed; 17:15 -19:15
Fri; 14:00 - 16.00
Sat; 09:30 11:30
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.
Full-time Anglican, Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.
Facilities for; Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Pagan, Quaker, Sikhs
Prison Head of Healthcare : Mr. Eric Stephens
The Education facility is fairly new and provides for basic literacy and numeracy, it also contains a number of computer rooms where prisoners learn about IT and how to use it. There is also a PICTA class where prisoners learn about computers, how they work and basic fault finding and repair. They can also learn how to construct web sites.
OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected HMP Acklington.
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OFSTED NUMBER: 52243
Last inspection: 18/02/2008
Summary of grades awarded
Achievement and standards and the quality of provision 3
Training Workshops are provided throughout the prison.
The main hangar area has 2 main work areas, and Contract Services, plus a number of smaller training shops. The 2 main hangar workshops are;
A separate workshop area comprises a woodwork area making outdoor seating and other contract work when available.
Attached to these shops is the prison Laundry which provides services for Acklington and Castington.
The final workshop in this area is the Clothing Exchange Store which provides the whole prison with clean clothing and bedding.
all include accredited qualifications
Outside companies with contract to Prison Industries workshop (2010-2011)
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Certificate for Developing Enterprise Capabilities
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Exploring Enterprise Capabilities
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 3
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Level 1 National Customer Care
Manual Handling - Principles and Practice
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NVQ for IT Users (ITQ)
Peer Support and Mentoring
Personal Money Management
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, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Employed: £8.00 - £26.00
Long term sick: £5.75
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
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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.
Weekday Time out of Cell: 6.5 hours
Annual Budget: £30,700,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £32, 632
(This figure includes Castington with who Acklington is clustered)
This prison is 100/124 on cost per prisoner (1 is highest cost)
You can contact the local authority on matters such as libraries, environmental health, trading standards, food hygiene, social services, education and electoral registration.
Trading Standards can help with problems with purchases such as weights and measures, ‘best by’ dates, pricing & faulty goods.
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.
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!
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)
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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.
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