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HMP STOCKEN Prison Regime Info


Stocken Hall Road Stretton Nr. Oakham Rutland LE15 7RD image of HMP STOCKEN prison

Phone No.

01780 795100

Governor / Director

Mr Michael Wood


Male Cat. C


East Midlands

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and Double

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Michael Siswick
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Grenfell & Paul Mills

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HMP Stocken is an adult male category C prison.


Built in 1985 as a young offender institution, HMP Stocken opened as a category C closed training prison. It has since expanded with new wings added in 1990, 1997, 1998 and an MTU opened in 2003. Further wings were opened in October 2007 and January 2008. In addition, new workshops are being built as part of the prisoner accommodation expansion to ensure that Stocken is able to offer purposeful activity to all of the prisoners in our care.


  • A to E wings: Each comprises 66-bed single cellular accommodation with integral sanitation, with the exception of B wing, which holds 60 life-sentenced prisoners. A, C, D and E wings each have six double cells.
  • F wing: 99-bed cellular accommodation with integral sanitation (three cells are doubles).
  • G wing: 40-bed modular room accommodation for enhanced prisoners, with integral
  • sanitation.
  • H wing: 130-bed cellular accommodation with integral sanitation (five cells are doubles).
  • I wing: 80-bed new build cellular accommodation with integral sanitation (eight rooms are doubles).
  • J wing: 39-bed modular room accommodation; there is no integral sanitation but prisoners have 24-hour access to central bathroom facilities.
  • K wing: 130-bed new build cellular accommodation with integral sanitation (five cells are doubles).

Reception Criteria
As a cat C prison


  • Hobbies kits during lock-up
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding
  • Own clothes (Standard & Enhanced)
  • Playstation (Enhanced only) - prisoners must purchase
  • Stereo- prisoners must purchase
  • Television (£1 per week)


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Mon-Thu: 07:50-12:15, 13:45-17:15 & 17:15-19:15
Fri: 07:50-12:15, 13:45-16:45
Weekends: 08:20-12:15 & 14:00-16:45



Mon-Thu: 17:15-19:15
Fri: 13:40-16:45
Weekend: 09:00-12:15 & 14:00-16:45
Association times do not apply to R45 prisoners or prisoners in the Segregation Unit


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Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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Three times a week including weekends.

Each Library session lasts about 30 minutes.

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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 Stocken is: Edward Ghinn

Full-time Anglican Chaplain. Part time Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains. Facilities for;

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

As well as those listed the Chaplaincy will provide facilities for any other World Faith.

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Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East Midlands
East of England
Kent & Medway
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East Midlands Health & Justice Commissioning
(hosted by Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Area Team)
Primary care Provider:
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Duncan Macmillan House, Porchester Road, Nottingham  NG3 6AA
Tel; 0115 969 1300
Provider of Physical Health Care
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Provider of Mental Health Care
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (secondary MH)
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Sudborough House, St Mary's Hospital, London Road, Kettering NN15 7PW


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Milton Keynes College
Chaffron Way Centre, Chaffron Way, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5LP
Tel: 01908 684444

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Lincoln College
Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5HQ
Tel: 01522 876000

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Bricklaying
  • Business Enterprise
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • English
  • IT Centre
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Motor Vehicle Studies
  • Numeracy
  • Open University
  • Painting
  • Personal Development


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


To read their latest report click here

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Prison Workshops
Contract Services x3

Employment includes;

  • BICS
  • Bicycle Repairs
  • CD Recycling
  • DHL
  • Gardens
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry
  • Newgate chair refurbishment
  • Packing
  • PAT testing
  • Signs
  • Sports Studies
  • Waste Management
  • Waste Recycling

There are also two Travis Perkins workshops and a DHL Warehouse.


Accreditied vocational qualifications include;

  • City & Guilds Light Vehicle Body Repair
  • City & Guilds Tyres and Exhausts
  • NVQ Catering Level 1 & 2
  • Bricklaying
  • Painting & Decorating
  • NPTC Horticulture


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Accounting and Book-keeping (QCF)
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Basic Construction Skills
Book-Keeping and Accounts (QCF)
Business Finance (QCF)
Business Studies (QCF)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Computerised Accounts (QCF)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Developing Personal Development Skills
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
Financial Literacy
Food Safety in Catering (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
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
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), 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 Food Processing and Cooking
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
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 B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 3, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Piano Grade 1
Piano Grade 4
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Preparation for Work
Understanding Aspects of Citizenship
Understanding Diversity within Society
Using Cooking Skills in a Domestic Kitchen
Vehicle Body and Paint Operations

Vehicle Fitting Operations


Current Wages


Employed: £5.00 - £17.50
Education: £12.00 (all IEP levels)
Retired: £4.00 (all IEP levels)

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There are various types of offending behaviour groups available such as;

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • CALM
  • HRP
  • Kainos
  • TSP

Other special features include a drug free wing, Therapeutic Community wing, Resettlement Unit, and an Offender Management and Interventions Unit.


Kainos Community's Challenge to Change offending behavior programme
Kainos is contracted by MOJ to deliver its 6 month offending behavior programme Challenge to Change in 3 cat C training prisons: HMP Guys Marsh, HMP Stocken and HMP Haverigg.


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The Resettlement Department helps prisoners to find accommodation, employment and training.

Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) attends the prison to provide career advice and support to prisoners.

A Resettlement Course is run every few months and is aimed at those who are within 3 months of their release date. It provides advice and guidance on;

  • Communication
  • CV’s and application forms
  • Debt and finance
  • Disclosure
  • Interview techniques
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Relationships
  • Safe alcohol use
  • Stereotyping

A Lifer Course is delivered by Resettlement staff in order to help prepare life sentenced prisoners for Cat D. This provides advice and guidance on what to expect at a D Cat prison. In addition to this sessions are also run to raise awareness about: communication skills, problem solving, and the safe use of alcohol after release, finance and money matters, disclosure, stereotyping and discrimination.

The resettlement orderly helps prisoners to compile CV’s; in addition to this he runs adult options which is a computer programme designed to help provide prisoners with possible work options for after release.


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

Up to 15 years

No of Visitors Permitted

3 adults and 3 children

Family Days are held approximately 4 times per year but only for enhanced prisoners.

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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: 25.4 (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: £14,600,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £32,764
*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: Rutland and Melton
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Alan Duncan (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.

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!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website


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.

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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:
6–10 August 2012 Unannounced full follow-up inspection
Published: November 2012

‘We found Stocken to be a more respectful prison than at our last inspection’

They said:
“Stocken is a category C training prison for adult male prisoners situated in the East Midlands. Although it opened only in 1985, it has continued a rapid expansion in capacity in recent years and, on what is a very large site, can now hold more than 1,000 prisoners. At our last inspection in 2010, we reported a mixed picture with an institution that was reasonably safe but failing to provide activity of sufficient quality. At this announced follow-up inspection, we found a reasonably successful institution with improvements evident, although there were still shortcomings in the provision of activity - an ongoing concern in a training prison.

“ Stocken continued to be a safe prison, a considerable achievement given its size and extent. It had adopted a robust approach to tackling antisocial behaviour, both in the structures to reduce violence and the way it dealt with individual incidents. Unusually, this was complemented by an incentives scheme that was more effective than we normally see. Gaps in the prison’s otherwise good approach to safer custody were the inadequate treatment of vulnerable prisoners, which required improvement, and comparatively high levels of victimisation reported by prisoners, which needed further analysis. The care offered to those at risk of self-harm was mixed and the number of incidents recorded was higher than in comparable prisons. Too many prisoners in a self-harm crisis also found themselves in segregated conditions without sufficient justification.

“ The use of illegal drugs in the prison was reasonably low but this masked the diversion of prescribed medications, about which we had significant concerns. There needed to be better risk assessments to determine the allocation of in-possession medication. Support for those who wished to address substance abuse was adequate, if lacking coordination.

“ We found Stocken to be a more respectful prison than at our last inspection. The type and composition of accommodation varied greatly but most was bright and clean. Relationships between staff and prisoners had improved and our observations suggested they were properly collaborative and respectful. The prison had a reasonable approach to the promotion of diversity, and the perceptions of black and minority ethnic prisoners were broadly in line with those of white prisoners, although the views of prisoners with a disability were more negative. Health care had shown significant improvement with many of our previous recommendations addressed.

“ The issue that remained the most problematic was the provision of activity. Despite considerable management effort which, for example, had improved the provision of vocational training, activity places had not kept pace with the growth of the population. Too many prisoners were locked up during the working part of the day and the quality of important aspects of education required improvement. The prison offered a good range of work, although too much was low skill or repetitive. The work of the library in support of resettlement was impressive.

“ The prison continued to provide reasonable resettlement services, although they could be improved by a more informed analysis of need. All prisoners had been allocated a member of staff to help supervise their sentence, although custody planning for shorter term prisoners had limitations. The large number of prisoners on indeterminate sentences received satisfactory support, despite some frustration and discontent among this group. Resettlement services addressed most elements of need, although the prison could show greater confidence in extending the use of temporary release to support reintegration.

“ Overall, this is a reasonably good report. Stocken is a large prison and a significant management challenge. Progress had been made in all areas but more needed to be done to provide sufficient activity.”

Nick Hardwick October 2012
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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Previous Report

by HMCIP: 9–13 August 2010 - Announced inspection
Report Dated: February 2011
Published: 15th April 2011

They said:
“HMP Stocken is a category C adult male training prison. The population of the prison has grown steadily since it opened in 1985, when it housed around 300 prisoners to 825 at this inspection. Inevitably, Stocken is going through a demanding period of transition and it is therefore commendable that this full announced inspection found a prison that was both reasonably safe and focused on its resettlement tasks. However, some areas such as health care were struggling and, particularly for a rapidly expanding training prison, there was a need to improve purposeful activity.

“ Stocken remained a reasonably safe place. There was scope to improve the assessment of vulnerability of those new to the establishment, but other safer custody arrangements were generally sound. Thus self-harm issues were dealt with well, levels of violence were low and staff took a proactive approach to combat bullying. Some aspects of security appeared disproportionate for a category C prison, but staff rarely resorted to use of force and there had been notable success in reducing the availability of drugs.

“ The environment was adequate, although affected by building work and the covered walkways were oppressive. Laundry arrangements were poor. We observed some positive staff-prisoner interactions but prisoners reported negatively about staff and this needed to be more fully investigated and improvements made to mechanisms for consultation and engagement.

“ Diversity provision was also underdeveloped and, again, the negative perceptions of black and minority ethnic, Muslim and foreign national prisoners needed to be addressed. Health care services had been seriously undermined by staffing shortfalls and medicines management required improvement.

“ The quantity of purposeful activity was adequate, but it was poorly managed. As a result, we found up to a quarter of prisoners locked in their cells during the core day which was disappointing for a training prison. Moreover, the quality of provision required improvement, particularly to increase vocational training and offer greater opportunity to develop employability skills. By contrast, the quality of education was good. The library was satisfactory but PE provision was struggling to meet the demands of the growing population.

“ Resettlement was an improved area. Offender management was sound, although staff were stretched and there was a significant backlog of assessments. Indeterminate sentenced prisoners and public protection were both well managed. Work on most of the resettlement pathways was good, although we were concerned that the range of interventions was under threat from financial restraints just as demand was increasing. Access to visits required improvement.

“ Stocken has been undergoing almost incessant expansion since it opened and this expansion has accelerated in recent years. Despite this, managers and staff have maintained an essentially safe and secure establishment, as well as improving resettlement provision. However, in other areas there has been less progress: health care was excessively stretched at the time of the inspection, staff prisoner relationships and diversity required improvement, and a greater focus was needed on purposeful activity in what is after all a large training prison. It is to be hoped managers will soon have a period of stability in which to build on the prison’s strengths and address the weaknesses pointed to in this report.”

Nick Hardwick February 2011
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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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: September 2014


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InsidePoetry Book

insidepoetry book New! Volume 5 of
insidepoetry book
is now available!

A collection of poems by prisoners of all backgrounds.

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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

insideinformation book
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

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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.

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