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Chair: Gordon Cropper
Vice Chair: Jean Silkoff and Ann Waters
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Category B local prison holding remand, trial and short-term convicted prisoners.
Pentonville prison was the prototype for a radical design by Major Jebb - after whom the avenue on which Brixton prison stands was named. Pentonville was completed over 150 years ago and has remained in use ever since as a local prison. Although much refurbishment has taken place the original four cellblocks are as they were when the prison opened in 1842.
All wings have been refurbished and offer generally good quality accommodation with integral sanitation, showers, hot water boiler and card phones.
Normal reception arrangements: Pentonville is a local prison, it accepts all suitable male prisoners over the age of 21 from courts in its catchment area.
Mon: 07:30 & 13:30
Mon: 75 minutes during core day
As well as 75 minutes during the core day one landing per night, on each wing, has evening Association between 18:00 and 19:45.
HEALTH & SPORTS
There is a sports hall and weights / CV room with Multi-gym, free weights and a variety of fitness equipment, PE programs run throughout the week with evening provision four evenings per week and are supervised by PE Officers.
There are good community links with Age Concern, Tough Talk, Arsenal FC, Street League, City and Islington College, local PCT and the Drug Free Power Lifting Team.
There are also dedicated sessions for those with disabilities and those in the DETOX unit.
There are currently no outdoor sporting facilities available.
The Library has recently been relocated and re-furbished and opens throughout the week to allow prisoners access to reading materials.
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.
Pentonville has an Ecumenical Chapel, Synagogue and a Mosque, which is staffed by Full-time Church of England, Catholic and Muslim Chaplains.
Other Christian denominations and all other faiths permitted under the Prison Rules are represented by Sessional Chaplains.
There is a comprehensive list of opportunities for corporate worship including CE & RC Holy Mass Services on Sundays (Full Mass or Holy Communion Ecumenical Services for VPs is held separately.) Muslim Prayers are held in the dedicated Mosque on Fridays.
Healthcare is delivered to the prisoners of HMP Pentonville via a group of Healthcare providers including three local Trusts, and the prison itself.
There is a large purpose built healthcare centre which has 22 inpatient beds, a day care facility for patients with mental health problems that are managed on the wings. There are also a number of consulting rooms both within the main prison and in the Healthcare Centre.
On each of the wings there is a primary care facility incorporating a GP's clinic and area for dispensing of medication. These also include; Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Podiatry & Physiotherapy
NHS Healthcare Information for Pentonville
The education service operates within the prison from two main sites on E and G Wings and over a 52 week year, closing for bank holidays and specific inset days.
All prisoners are given an education induction briefing by education staff.
Classes available include;
The Prison in partnership with City & Islington College and LAP has retained the Matrix Quality Standard for Information Advice & Guidance (IAG). IAG is provided to prisoners on request and/or referral from: Induction, wing officers, workshops, education. The Education department also offers specialist dyslexia help through the TTRS (Touch-type, Read, Hear, Spell) ICT programme.
Accreditations available include;
Key for inspection grades
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Scope of the inspection
Summary of grades awarded
Effectiveness of provision: 3
Contract Services x2
Prisoners can apply to work in different areas depending on level of clearance which is decided at a weekly labour board. Workshops are open Monday to Friday am and pm. The workshops are shortly undergoing a review to connect, where possible, training opportunities within the prison with post-release jobs.
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Entry Level Financial Literacy (Entry 3)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
European Computer Driving Licence
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety at Work
Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
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
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 3, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
QCF provision - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
Unit Award Scheme (see also individual Unit titles)
Employed: £6.50 to £12.50
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|Up to 18|
No of Visitors Permitted
|3 adults plus children|
Grandchildren are allowed only if the prisoner has parental responsibilities for them.
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Prison Video Link (PVL)
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.
At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.
To book the Video Link facility telephone: 020 7023 7000 ext 7334
"The main emphasis is placed on the initial 28 days treatment of the prisoner, whereby he will receive the expected clinical care, but apart from CARATs assessment, careplan and referral process, they will be delivering a structured psycho-social programme which includes various harm minimisation and health promotion modules.
"On a much wider Drug Strategy approach, we still maintain a very strong Supply Reduction team which involves the Mandatory Drug Testing Programme(MDT), The Dog Handlers, and Intelligence Officers. On the other hand we actively support prisoners who wish to rehabilitate themselves by treating their drug addiction problem. For them, we have the Voluntary Drug Testing Programme, Drug Intervention Programmes like the Short Duration Programme (SDP), and Prison Addressing Substance Related Offending (P-ASRO). To help with an easier transition back into the community, we have the CARATs team and DIP workers from some of our local London Boroughs (Islington, Haringey, Camden, & Newham) where we have built very strong links with.
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.
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