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HMP WAYLAND Prison Regime Info


Address

Thompson Road Griston Thetford IP25 6RL image of HMP WAYLAND prison

Phone No.

01953 804100

Governor / Director

Steve Rodford OBE

Category

Male Cat. C

Region

East of England

Operational Capacity

1,011

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

No

IMB

Chair: Patrick Daly
Vice Chair: Roger Marston

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Wayland is a Category C adult male training prison.

Wayland does not hold Vulnerable Prisoners.

 

It opened in 1985 with the site buildings being added to on three occasions. It now comprises eight residential units, two of which are designated for those taking part in Sex Offender Treatment Programmes.

Accommodation
The majority is single cell with shared accommodation on the Induction Spur and in selected cells within the Main Wings.

  • A - Inductions/high-risk CSRA - mostly single cells
  • B - Normal location high-risk CSRA - mostly single cells
  • C - Normal location/high-risk CSRA - mostly single cells
  • D - IDTS - mostly single cells
  • E - Enhanced unit - single cells
  • F - Enhanced unit - single cells
  • G - RAPt - single cells
  • H - Enhanced unit - single cells
  • J - Normal location - double cells
  • K - Normal location - double cells
  • L - Normal location - double cells
    M - Enhanced Wing - double cells
  • N - Drug Free Unit - double cells
  • Segregation unit

  

Reception Criteria

Suitable prisoners from within the catchment area who are not maintaining innocence and wish to do work to address what got them into prison.

In November 2009 when HMP The Bure opened all vulnerable prisoners were transferred.

Facilities

Hobbies kits
In-cell power
Own bedding (Enhanced only)
Own clothes (Enhanced only)
Playstation (Enhanced only)
Television (£1 per week - 50p in double cell)
 


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UNLOCKING TIMES

Monday

08:15-12:15, 13:45-18:30

Tuesday

08:15-12:15, 13:45-18:30

Wednesday

08:15-12:15, 13:45-18:30

Thursday

08:15-12:15, 13:45-18:30

Friday

08:15-12:15, 13:45-17:15

Saturday

08:45-12:15 & 13:45-17:15

Sunday

08:45-12:15 & 13:45-17:15

ASSOCIATION

Monday

17:00-18:30

Tuesday

17:00-18:30

Wednesday

17:00-18:30

Thursday

17:00-18:30

Friday

13:45-16:50

Saturday

08:45-12:15 & 13:45-17:00

Sunday

08:45-12:15 & 13:45-17:00

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HEALTH & SPORTS


  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Cricket
  • First Aid at Work
  • Football
  • Gym Instructor
  • Health Trainer
  • Hockey
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Soft Tennis
  • Remedial
  • Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training


 


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LIBRARY


2 libraries


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FAITH


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 Wayland is: Bob Wilson
 

Full-time Anglican Chaplain and part-time Catholic and Methodist chaplains, and a part-time Imam.

Facilities for;

Baptist, Buddhist, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Jewish, Mormon, Sikh


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HEALTHCARE

Dentist Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Optician Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Podiatry Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Acupuncture Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

Stop Smoking Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

InReach Availability

Yes: Frequency not disclosed

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
Lancashire
London
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
 
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East of England Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Provider:
Serco
Serco Group plc, Serco House, 16 Bartley Wood Business Park, Bartley Way, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9UY
Te: 01256 745 900
Fax: 01256 744 111
Primary Healthcare
Primary Mental Healthcare (Included in above)
Secondary Mental Healthcare
GP Sessions
Pharmacy
Dentistry
Opticians
Escorts & Bed watches
Drug Treatment Services - IDTS
Sexual Health
 
Other providers
Norfolk Recovery Partnership - Drug Treatment Services (non clinical) - IDTS (clinical)
Horizon Health - Nurse Practitioners


 


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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
A4e (Action For Employment Ltd)
Bessemer Road, Sheffield S9 3XN
Tel: 0800 345 666

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Tribal Education Ltd
Head office: 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY
Tel: 020 7323 7100
 


Certificate in Adult Learning Support. Level 2.

City & Guilds accredited (Course no 9297):

This is a Skills for Life qualification suitable for prisoners intending to provide classroom assistance to adult learners with literacy, numeracy and/or ESOL needs. The course includes literacy, language, numeracy and ICT needs for work, education and life as well as the skills necessary to support learners.

 

Other courses available include;

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Business Enterprise
  • Computer Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Drug Awareness
  • English
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Money Management
  • Numeracy
  • Open University
  • Parenting Skills.
  • Social & Life Skills

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

OFSTED NUMBER: 52339
To read their latest report click here


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops
Charity
Contract Services x2
 
Employment

Employment includes;

  • BICS
  • Bricklaying
  • Camden Boss
  • Carpentry
  • Catering
  • CES Laundry
  • Contract Workshops
  • DHL
  • Electrics
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Main Stores
  • Motor Mechanics
  • N2s(recycling IT)
  • Orderlies
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plastics
  • Plumbing
  • Single Portion Packing
  • Streetworks
  • Waste Management
  • Welding
  • Wing Orderlies
  • Woodwork Shop
     

Extensive range of workshops and training facilities, including proactive work towards Sustainable Development in the Farms and Gardens area.


Click Here for a full list of Activities and Pay Rates
 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Art and Design
Award for Progression
Basic Construction Skills
Basic Plumbing Studies
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for IT Practitioners
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Certificate for Progression
Constructing a Cavity Wall Using Bricklaying Skills
Constructing a Half Brick Wall Using Bricklaying Skills
Constructing a One Brick Wide Wall Using Bricklaying Skills
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diagnostic Test in Literacy, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Numeracy, 3 glh
Diploma for IT Practitioners
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
Diploma in Vehicle Body and Paint Operations
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
GCSE English A
GCSE English B
GCSE in Mathematics A
Health and Safety at Work
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
Introductory Welding Skills (QCF)
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
IT User Skills ITQ (QCF)
Learning Support
NVQ in Advice and Guidance
NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations
Plumbing Studies
Preparing to Teach in the LifeLong Learning Sector (QCF)
Progression (QCF)
Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) (Entry 3) (QCF)
Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) (QCF)
Vehicle Body and Paint Operations
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
Welding Skills (QCF)

Youth Award (Silver)
 


CURRENT WAGES

Current wage for employed

£8.00-£25.00

Wage for retired / long term sick

£8.00

Education

£10.00

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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES

Courses Available

ARV, TSP CALM & SCP starting April 2013

There is a discrete element of the population who partake in Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, but who also have the opportunities for education, work (Tailors shop and Gardens) and resettlement.

 

ART - Aggression Repacement Therapy

ARV - Alcohol Related Violence

CARATS

Cognitive Skills Booster Programme
COVAID - Control of Violent and Impulsive Drinkers
Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)
P-ASRO
RAPt
 


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RESETTLEMENT


Job club

Job Centre+


FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

Under 18

No of Visitors Permitted

3 plus children

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PRISON PERFORMANCE
Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 4
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: 24.5 (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
Annual Budget: £17,100,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £29,794
*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: Norfolk Mid
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: George Freeman (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
 


Drug Strategy
The establishment operates an overall robust Drug Strategy Policy, which is supported by delivery of the P-ASRO Programme, Voluntary Drug Testing and CARAT team.

 


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
Last Inspection by HMCIP: 6–10 June 2011 - announced inspection
Report Dated: August 2011
Published: October 2011

They said:
“HMP Wayland is a category C training prison that holds just over 1,000 adult male prisoners. The prison has expanded rapidly in recent years and there have been some significant changes to its population; Wayland no longer hold sex offenders or many foreign national prisoners. Overall, our inspection found a prison settling down after a period of considerable change and, in most areas, producing some good outcomes for prisoners. There were, however, some major exceptions to this generally positive picture and these need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“ Wayland was generally a safe prison. Arrangements for a prisoner's first few days were adequate but prisoners had long waits with little to do in reception before being moved to first night cells that had broken furniture and graffiti. The induction programme covered the necessary information but prisoners spent too long locked in their cells between sessions. Alleged bullies who needed to be relocated were sometime placed on the induction wing with new arrivals. More prisoners than at comparator prisons said they had felt unsafe at some point during their time at Wayland and this was particularly true for prisoners from black and minority ethnic groups. However, at the time of inspection levels of bullying, though a concern, were not high and investigations into alleged bullying were thorough and resulted in action. There were imaginative efforts to involve families in anti-bullying work. Use of force was low. Care for prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm was good.

“ The segregation unit was clean with decent staff-prisoner relationships, but there was little opportunity for prisoners to take part in education, association or exercise. Reintegration planning was poor and half of the prisoners who had been held in the segregation unit in the last year had been transferred to other prisons.

“ For prisoners on the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS), a comprehensive opiate dose reduction regime had been recently introduced in line with National Treatment Agency guidance. However, the sudden way that the new regime had been introduced was a cause of considerable concern. There had been little consultation or communication with prisoners and relevant professional staff and, in some cases, previously agreed care plans and case review conclusions appeared to have been disregarded. Many prisoners told us that their requests for symptomatic relief medication had been disregarded. Prisoners were frustrated and anxious. Four assessment, care in custody and teamwork (ACCT) documents had been opened as a result, the needs of prisoners with a dual diagnosis had not been adequately met and there was an increased risk that prisoners would harm themselves by topping up their supply with illicit drugs. Prisoners appeared to have lost confidence in the IDTS and were abusive and threatening at the medication hatch. Vacant IDTS posts needed to be filled as a matter of urgency and an individualised opiate dose reduction regime introduced to replace the current inflexible regime.

“ There were wider problems with the provision of health services in the prison. Strategic management of health care was poor and partnership arrangements were weak. Staff shortages had a detrimental effect on the care of prisoners and chaotic arrangements for the administration of medication had a negative impact on the regime of the prison as a whole. I spoke to prisoners at the end of long, angry morning dispensing queue who had already missed the opportunity to go to morning activities and still had a long wait to get their medication.

“ In other respects, the quality of accommodation, services and cleanliness were mixed. We saw graffiti and litter strewn outside areas on the older wings. Staff-prisoner relationships were poorer on the older wings too – although generally good elsewhere. Most prisoners said they had a member of staff they could turn to if they needed help. Prisoners from a black and minority ethnic background reported less positively than the population as a whole in most areas and work on the other diversity strands was underdeveloped.

“ The main strength of the prison was the good provision of purposeful activity. Most prisoners could get out of their cells for 8.5 hours a day and those on the enhanced wings had considerably more time than this. Despite this, opportunities for association were too limited. The range and quality of work and education was good but insufficient take-up of available education places meant some prisoners were not fully occupied throughout the week and too many were underemployed as orderlies on the wings. Literacy and numeracy work needed further development and the problems with the administration of medication disrupted education and training as prisoners missed sessions or arrived late.

“ Resettlement activities presented a divided picture. On one hand, offender management arrangements were weak and inconsistent. The use of home detention curfew and release on temporary licence was limited and category D prisoners waited an unacceptably long period of time before transferring to open conditions. On the other hand, there was a good range of resettlement interventions. Despite some staffing reductions, performance was at or above target in most areas and prisoners received effective help with housing and employment needs. Provision to encourage contact with children and families was well developed. Most prisoners at Wayland were safe and lived in decent conditions. They could take part in a range of good quality work, education and training activities and, for the most part, they received effective help with their practical resettlement needs. These good arrangements were put at risk by poor health care, the very poorly implemented introduction of an opiate dose reduction regime and weak planning of prisoners’ sentences to reduce the risk that they would reoffend on release. These weaknesses need to be quickly addressed if the prison is to continue its progress and avoid slipping back.”

Nick Hardwick August 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
 
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: January 2014

 



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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 Information

Prisons

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.

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The insideinformation book

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

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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.

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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.

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Inside Justice

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