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47 Maryport Street Usk NP15 1XP image of HMP USK prison

Phone No.

01291 671600

Governor / Director

Steve Cross

Category

Male Cat. C

Region

Wales

Operational Capacity

503 (Incl Prescoed)

Cell Occupancy

Double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

No

IMB

Chair: Beverley Moore
Vice Chair: Graham Foulston

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HMP Usk/Prescoed is the amalgamation of HMP Usk and HMP Prescoed.

Usk has a long and varied history as a penal establishment, opening in 1844 as a House of Correction. In 1870 after the addition of other buildings, it became the County Gaol for Monmouthshire. It remained in that role until 1922 when it closed, reopening in 1939 as a Closed Borstal and continued in that role until 1964 when it became a Detention Centre. In 1983 Usk became a Youth Custody Centre and from 1988 to 1990 a YOI. In may 1990 it became an Adult Cat C establishment for Vulnerable Prisoners and continues in that role today.

Accommodation:
Three wings, A, B and C in two storey block. Majority of double cells, 1 dormitory, all with simple integral sanitation. Showers are available on all residential units. Additional accommodation is located on Comber Unit, a 20 bed ground floor unit opened in May 2003; allocation to Comber Unit is by application. All prisoners have access to in cell TV and limited disabled facilities. There is wheelchair access to most ground floor areas.

Reception Criteria:
Security category C or D
A Sex offender (ideally not maintaining innocence).
A minimum of 6 months left to serve.
Prisoners subject to an open ACCT document may be considered following a joint case review that considers the impact, on the prisoner, of transfer (as per PSO2700 ch.6.2.5).
The prisoner must have no less than 9 months to their tariff expiry date i.e. prior to the commencement of the parole process.
Minimum Incentive Earned Privilege level of standard
Engaging positively in the sentence planning process
The prisoner must have an updated OASys supervision plan
OASys objectives must indicate that the prisoner requires a core intervention available at HMP Usk (Assessment, SOTP core or adapted, ETS, A to Z motivation Life course or one to one work with Psychology)
A basic information request from our Healthcare Dept should be completed to ensure HMP Usk can meet the prisoner's healthcare needs(see attached HCC criteria). Prisoners outside this criteria will be discussed by the sender Establishment and the H.O.R. Usk or Dep. Governor.

 

Facilities:

Hobbies kits
In-cell power
Own bedding
Own clothes

Playstation (Enhanced only)
Television (50p per prisoner)

 


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UNLOCKING TIMES

Monday

08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 & 18:30 - 19:30

Tuesday

08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 & 18:30 - 19:30

Wednesday

08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 & 18:30 - 19:30

Thursday

08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 & 18:30 - 19:30

Friday

08:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00

Saturday

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00

Sunday

08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00

ASSOCIATION


Unless prisoners are going to work or education , prisoners are free to associate during the unlock times shown above.

There is now work or education on Friday afternoons or at weekends so prisoners are free to associate during the full unlock times, above.


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HEALTH & SPORTS


One PESO and 3 PEIs serve both Usk and Prescoed. There is a well equipped, reasonably sized Gymnasium with an activity based programme designed to meet all needs. An impressive outdoor facility has recently been opened with gym activities being generally well attended and popular. OCN courses are provided to those that are interested in various sporting activities.

Badminton
Basketball
Circuit Training
Hockey
Indoor Bowls
Light Circuit Training
Over 50s
Remedial
Soccer
Soft Tennis
Sports Field
Volleyball
Weight Loss Programme
Weight Training
 


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LIBRARY


7 days a week; afternoon and evening:


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FAITH


The Chaplaincy at Usk and Prescoed is considered an important part of the prison structure with the Coordinating Chaplain being a member of the prisons Senior Management Team as well as having the role of Equalities Manager. When a prisoner arrives at a Usk, they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours with a more formal induction taking place within the first week. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith.

Chaplains are always asked to make contribution Sentence Planning or parole Documents and will support prisoners by attending post course reviews if requested.

Like all multifaith chaplaincies, we are made up of chaplains of all different faiths and denominations. The Chaplaincy is able to organise faith activities for all main religions and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. Religious festivals are respected and marked within the prison. The chaplaincy regularly advises all prison departments on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.


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 Usk is: Nick Sandford

Amongst the other members of the team there is a Part time Roman Catholic Priest, Free Church, Salvation Army and Quaker ministers. The Imam attends for 2 days per week. We also have a chaplain who has been trained by CRUSE to deal with Bereavement issues.

 


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HEALTHCARE

Dentist Availability

Weekly

Optician Availability

When required

Podiatry Availability

When required

CPN

1 part-time and 1 full-time staff (5 days a week)

InReach Availability

1 part-time and 1 full-time staff (5 days a week)

A part- time Doctor and 5 nursing staff cover Usk and the nearby Prescoed Open Prison. Dental sessions are held weekly and optician and chiropody sessions each held on bi-monthly basis. Mental Health Needs are met by an ‘in – reach' mental health nurse.

 


NHS Healthcare Information for Usk

Prison Healthcare Manager: Peter Edwards
Tel: 01291 671600

PCT: Monmouthshire Local Health Board
South East Wales Strategic Health Authority

Complaints

Tel: 029 2037 6821
Fax: 029 2037 6826
Email: lhb.complaints@bsc.wales.nhs.uk

The Complaints Manager
Business Services Centre
4th Floor, Churchill House
Churchill Way
Cardiff
CF10 2TW

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


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EDUCATION


Consists of classrooms located on the second floor, with well equipped Training Kitchen, Computer room, Hairdressing Salon, Key Skills Workshop. There is an extensive curriculum covering Basic Skills to Higher Education, Open Learning courses and Multi-skills courses, also a range of evening classes available.

 

Courses include;

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


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

OFSTED NUMBER: 52240
Last Inspection Date: 08/04/2005
To read their report click here
 


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


This is provided by the Learning and Skills Department.

Purpose-built Vocational Training centre offering City and Guilds and Open College Network qualifications.

Bricklaying
Catering
Cleaners
Gardens
Horticulture
Kitchen
Laundry
Painting and Decorating
Plastering
Plumbing
Recycling
Stores
Vision Aid
Woodcraft
 


CURRENT WAGES

Current wage for employed

£7.44 - £17.61

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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


Usk provides a range of sex offender treatment programmes such as the Core, Adapted, and Extended Sex Offender Treatment programmes as well as ETS. Programmes are co-ordinated by an area programme lead and delivery of treatment is managed locally by a Senior Officer. 

 

Carats

Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)

Healthy Sexual Functioning Programme

SOTP - Adapted Sex Offender Treatment Programmes

SOTP - Better Lives Booster

SOTP - Core Sex Offender Treatment Programmes

SOTP - Extended Sex Offender Treatment Programmes
 


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RESETTLEMENT


Opportunities to work outside the prison on community projects, also full-time paid employment.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PRISON PERFORMANCE
Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for Usk/Prescoed: 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 for Usk/Prescoed: 33.2 (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.
 


PRISON BUDGET

Usk and Prescoed are combined so figures relate to both establishments
Annual Budget: £7,900,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £33,139
*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: Monmouth
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: David Davies (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

Telephones
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.

Letters
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.

Photographs
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.

Money
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].

Visits
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.

Emergencies
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.

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!

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
 


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.

 

HMCIP REPORT (Usk & Prescoed)

Last Inspection by HMCIP: 19 – 23 April 2010 - Announced inspection
Report Dated: July 2010
Published: 30th September 2010

They said:

“ Usk and Prescoed are two jointly managed, but very different, prisons in Monmouthshire. Usk is a closed category C training prison, mainly holding sex offenders. Prescoed is an open prison, focused on resettling suitably assessed prisoners into the community. This full announced inspection found that both prisons were impressively safe, respectful and purposeful, although – unlike Prescoed – Usk needed to improve its focus on some core resettlement and public protection tasks.

“ We were impressed by the levels of safety at both sites, which were readily confirmed by prisoners. Early days in custody were generally well managed. There was little violence, bullying or self-harming, and drugs were not a substantial problem. The atmosphere at both prisons was relaxed and, as a result, levels of adjudications, use of force and segregation were all low. There were very few absconds from Prescoed, and relatively few prisoners had been returned to closed conditions.

“ The environment at both prisons was clean and well ordered, although some cells at Usk were too small for sharing. Staff-prisoner relationships were generally excellent, supported by a reasonable personal officer scheme. Most aspects of diversity were well managed but – as reported at previous inspections – we were concerned to find that there were very few black and minority ethnic prisoners at the open prison. The Director of Offender Management for Wales needs to satisfy herself that this continued anomaly is entirely explicable and justified. The chaplaincy provided a generally good service, and health care was excellent on both sites.

“ There was plenty of purposeful activity at both prisons, with a good amount of time out of cell at Usk and a full open regime at Prescoed, including an impressive number of suitable prisoners working in the community. Our colleagues from Estyn considered that the management, range and quality of education and learning and skills was generally good. Library access was good as was PE, despite the constraints of the site at Usk.

“ Strategic management of resettlement was generally sound and informed by some needs analysis. Offender management was generally good at both sites, although the role of offender supervisors at Usk required clarification. Completion of offender assessments were generally timely and, at Prescoed, there were effective mechanisms to identify resettlement need, although more needed to be done to check progress before discharge. Some aspects of public protection arrangements at Usk required improvement, particularly given the risks posed by the population. Work with indeterminate-sentenced prisoners at both sites was underdeveloped. There was reasonable work along most resettlement pathways, but more innovative work was needed at Usk to address the issues posed by the significant number of sex offenders denying their offences. The visits arrangements at Usk were particularly poor. T

“ This is a very positive report on both Usk and Prescoed. Levels of safety were impressive, and relationships between staff and prisoners excellent. Both sites offered plenty of purposeful activity, and there was extensive use of release on temporary licence to support resettlement at Prescoed. At Usk, there were a number of significant weaknesses in resettlement that needed to be addressed. Nonetheless, staff and managers deserve considerable praise for what they have achieved at two disparate sites.

“ As at other Welsh prisons we have visited recently, staff raised concerns with us about suggestions from national managers that there may changes to their prisons’ role, particularly Usk. Clearly, no prison can be immune from change in the current economic climate, but care should be taken to sustain the hard-won achievements that we have identified at Usk and Prescoed.”

Nigel Newcomen July 2010
HM Deputy 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
 
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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