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HMP STAFFORD Prison Regime Info


54 Gaol Road Stafford ST16 3AW image of HMP STAFFORD prison

Phone No.

01785 773000

Governor / Director

Bridie Oakes-Richards


Male Cat. C


West Midlands

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Mainly double but also single and multiple

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Sally Osborne-Town
Vice Chair: Vacant

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Stafford is a category C male training prison.


The present prison was built in 1794 and apart from the period 1916 - 1940, has been in continuous use. There is a prisoner support (vulnerable) wing that holds 84 category C prisoners.


  • A wing - Main
  • B wing - Main
  • C wing - Main, Induction/Normal accommodation
  • D wing - Main
  • E wing - VP
  • F wing - VP
  • G wing - Integrated enhanced: Compact-based accommodation for both populations


  • Hobbies kits during lock-up
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding (Enhanced)
  • Own clothes (Enhanced only)
  • Television (£1 per week)

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Mon: 08:15, 13:45 & 18:15
Tue: 08:15, 13:45 & 18:15
Wed: 08:15, 13:45 & 18:15
Thu: 08:15, 13:45 & 18:15
Fri: 08:15 & 13:45
Sat: 08:15 & 13:45
Sun: 08:15 & 13:45


Mon: 18:15 - 19:45
Tue: 18:15 - 19:45
Wed: 18:15 - 19:45
Thu: 18:15 - 19:45
Sat: 09:00 - 10:00, 10:15 - 11:15 & 13:45 - 16:00
Sun: 09:00 - 10:00, 10:15 - 11:15 & 13:45 - 16:00

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Sports available include;

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

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Sessions every day.

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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 Stafford is: Revd. Jeff Bird

Full-time Anglican Chaplain. Visiting Catholic and Free Church Chaplains. Part-time Muslim Chaplain. Visiting Jewish, Muslim, Quaker and Salvation Army Chaplains.

Facilities for;

  • Buddhist
  • Hindu
  • Jehovah Witness
  • Mormon
  • Pagan
  • Sikh


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Healthcare is provided through South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust who employ a Healthcare Manager and a team of nurses, support workers and administration staff. A variety of commissioned healthcare services are also provided.


Specialist Clinics

  • Acupuncture: Available via CARAT team
  • Anxiety Management Groups
  • CPN: As required
  • Dentist: 3 times a week
  • Diabetic Nurse: As required
  • Diabetic Retinotherapy
  • GP (Doctor): Weekday mornings
  • GUM: Fortnightly
  • InReach Availability: As required
  • Optician: 1 afternoon per week
  • Physio: 2 sessions per week
  • Podiatry: Fortnightly
  • Primary Mental Health Nurses: As requested
  • Stop Smoking: 2 sessions per week
  • Vaccination Programme: As requested

NHS Healthcare Information for Stafford

Prison Healthcare Manager: Kate Clay
Tel: 01785 773000

PCT: South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust
West Midlands 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

Tel: 01543 465106 or 01543 412929
Email: PALS@southstaffspct.nhs.uk

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

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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)
JHP Group Ltd
Sutherland House, Matlock Road, Foleshill, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 4JQ
Tel: 024 7666 7891

Classes include;

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


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

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: 07/07/2006


Summary of grades awarded

Equality of opportunity: 3
ICT for users: 3
Independent living and leisure skills: 3
Leadership and management: 3
Literacy and numeracy: 3
Manufacturing technologies: 3
Other government-funded provision: 2
Quality improvement: 3
Sport, leisure and recreation: 2

To read their report click here

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Prison Workshops

Contract Services x5
Textiles x2

Employment includes;


  • Barbering
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Computer Refurbishment
  • Floor and Wall Tiling
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering
  • PMO
  • Roofing
  • Sports Studies
  • Warehousing

The following vocational qualifications are available;

  • NOCN Level 1 in Carpentry and Joinery, Tiling, Bricklaying and Platering
  • City & Guilds Level 1 in Painting & Decorating
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • BICS Level 1 in Industrial Cleaning
  • NVQs in Horticulture, PMO, Laundry and Catering


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Art and Design
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Award
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma in Art and Design
Diploma in Roof Slating and Tiling (QCF)
Employability and Personal Development (Entry 3) (QCF)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 2)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Hospitality and Catering Principles (Hospitality Services) (QCF)
Introduction to Developing a Personal Learning Programme (Entry 3)
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
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 1
Key Skills in Working with Others
NQF - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
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, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
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
NVQ in Warehousing and Storage
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)
OCN Level 1, PW D, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SSA 4)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
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, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
QCF provision - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C

Warehousing and Storage Principles (QCF)


Current Wages


Employed: £4.00 - £20.00
Education: £9.70 - £10.60
Retired: £3.50
Long term sick: £3.50

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  • P-ASRO
  • SOTP - Better Lives Booster
  • SOTP - Core Sex Offender Treatment Programmes
  • SOTP - Rolling Sex Offenders' Treatment Programme
  • TSP - Thining Skills Programme

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  • BAS
  • CAT D Integrated Regime by NACRO
  • Family Man courses
  • InTraining in prison
  • Job Fair - employer engagement
  • Stepping Stones


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits


No of Visitors Permitted

1 adult and children who meet the criteria

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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: 25.8 (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: £13,700,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £31,029
*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
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Jeremy Lefroy (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



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.


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

Drugs Strategy

Stafford prison offers help for prisoners who have abused or continue to abuse drugs. Group work and individual one to one work is available from the CARAT team (Counseling, assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare) and trained uniformed staff. There is a drug support unit holding 60 prisoners and a voluntary testing scheme for 250 prisoners.


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: 18–22 July 2011 - Unannounced short follow-up
Report Dated: September 2011
Published: December 2011

Half of prisoners have felt unsafe

They said:
“Stafford prison is a medium sized category C training establishment holding mainstream and vulnerable prisoners. Situated in the town centre and with parts of the institution dating back to the late 18th century, Stafford is one of the older prisons in the country. In recent years we have noted improvements to the regime, the maintenance of reasonable environmental standards and the challenging of negative relationships and cultures. When we last visited in 2009 we reported that Stafford was performing reasonably well against all four of our healthy prison tests. It is commendable that at this full announced inspection we found that not only had these outcomes been maintained but that in one area, activity, the outcomes were now good. However, much remained to be done.

“ Safety indicators were mixed. There was evidence to suggest the majority of prisoners felt safe but the perceptions of some groups, notably Muslims and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, were very poor. Over half indicated that they had, at some time, felt unsafe in the prison. This should be a matter of significant concern to the establishment and might be assisted by more meaningful consultation with prisoners concerning, for example, the development of the prisons safer custody strategies. Recorded incidents of violence were comparatively low but we were not assured that the prison had an informed understanding of all issues and trends, and some investigations and the application of available interventions were limited. In contrast the prison’s approach to self-harm issues was generally good, with an appropriate focus on the risks.

“ Just under half of the population was made up of vulnerable prisoners. Housed mainly on E and F wings, a small minority were also integrated with mainstream prisoners on G wing. The management of these prisoners was good and all had equal access to the regime. Vulnerable prisoners were also able to integrate in some regime activities and it was impressive that, in this context of effective risk management, a comparatively low number, just 14%, indicated that they currently felt unsafe.

“ Segregation and use of force were commendably low, although the use of formal disciplinary procedures had increased considerably, often for minor infringements. Similarly the application of some routine security procedures were, in our view, disproportionate to the establishment’s status as a category C training prison and there was a lack of consideration and flexibility about some routines. Drug interventions were well applied, and illicit drug usage was below target, although there was some evidence that prescribed medications were being diverted.

“ The prison environment was maintained to a very good standard, which was a significant achievement in terms of the age of the buildings. It was an irony that the restrictions to amenities that did exist, notably to showers and telephones, were caused largely by limitations to the regime rather than the fabric of the facilities. We observed reasonably good relationships between staff and prisoners, although our survey suggested that prisoners felt less respected than at comparator prisons and perceptions among some minority groups were significantly worse. Many personal officers had a good knowledge of the prisoners in their care but the personal officer scheme itself was not well embedded and prisoners questioned its effectiveness.

“ Work was being undertaken across the diversity strands and structures to support equality were reasonably sound. Analysis of race equality data suggested an equality of outcomes for black and minority ethnic prisoners but many complained of discriminatory attitudes among staff. Work with foreign nationals was limited though developing, but we were not assured that all prisoners with disabilities were systematically identified. A scheme to pay prisoners to help those with disabilities was an interesting initiative and there was some positive work to support older prisoners. Health care services were generally good with well developed mental health provision. The anxiety and combat stress groups for veterans was particularly noteworthy.

“ Perhaps Stafford’s most significant achievement was that as a training prison, its work to provide a meaningful and purposeful training regime was very good. There were some needless restrictions to the amount of association time available, but there was sufficient activity for all prisoners and those places that were available were properly utilised. The quality and variety of learning and skills provision and achievements by prisoners were good. Vocational training places were fully occupied and workshops provided a realistic work environment and promoted a positive work ethic.

“ The prison had good policies and structures to support resettlement and offender management but their application required improvement. The resettlement strategy was informed by a needs analysis that had identified gaps, notably in the provision of offending behaviour work, but the coordination of provision with the potential for access to courses at a regional level was embryonic and did not sufficiently meet the need. The appointment of a resettlement officer to assist with housing on release was a step forward but too few prisoners were aware of the help available. Most prisoners were subject to offender management but caseloads were high, contact too limited and it appeared that many supervisors lacked the confidence to fully and effectively carry out their roles.

“ Stafford, despite our criticisms, should take encouragement from the findings of this inspection. The establishment is reasonably safe and respectful and provides a purposeful training regime. There has been sustained improvement and we found evidence of further improvements, in particular around the quality of the regime. The establishment refused to allow the age and limitations of the environment to hold it back. However, the prison needs to improve its consultation with prisoners and address the negative perceptions of minority groups. The application of some rules is too restrictive and at odds with the general feeling of the establishment and the standards applied to the provision of activity should be replicated in the provision of resettlement and offender management services.”

Nick Hardwick September 2011
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 IMDs 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: March 2012

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The Useful Services for Prisoners scheme from insidetime provides discounts, vouchers and other benefits from USP Group Members for Prisoners, their families and legal advisors. Click the image above to read more about it.


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


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All contact info for the Operations office and the Editorial Team.

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Inside Information


Everything you need to know about visiting people in prison; procedures, opening times, directions etc.

Comprehensive information about each prison regime; lock down times, facilities, healthcare etc.

*NEW* Detailed information about IRC - Immigration Removal Centres.

insideinformation Book

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The insideinformation book

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


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.


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

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