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HMP WINCHESTER Prison Regime Info


Romsey Road Winchester SO22 5DF image of HMP WINCHESTER prison

Phone No.

01962 723000

Governor / Director

David Rogers


Male Local


South Central

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Mainly double, some singles

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: John Teece
Vice Chair: Jan Anderson

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HMP Winchester is a category B male local prison holding adult remand and convicted prisoners, serving the courts in Hampshire: there ia also a category C resettlement unit at West Hill.


A Victorian Radial local with 5 spokes off the central hub. 4 of these are for accommodation and 1 for admin, The prison is currently undergoing major refurbishment with a build programme lasting 5 years. Work already completed includes safer custody changes to health care first night and detox, a new electrical system, renewal of the fire and general alarms, a new visits complex and pedestrian access at the main gate. The rebuild of C wing, that was suffering from age decay, is well underway. The sacrifice of prison places in the short term should result in the provision of a modern facility enabling in Winchester to provide a better standard of care for prisoners.



In 2006, C wing was demolished and rebuilt owing to its poor state of repair. The new wing opened in October 2008 and now holds remand prisoners.

Description of residential units

  • A wing: Induction, care and supervision unit, detoxification unit
  • B wing: Convicted prisoners
  • C wing: Remand wing
  • D wing: Vulnerable prisoner unit
  • Health care inpatient unit: 24-hour health care cover
  • West Hill: Category C resettlement unit

Reception Criteria:

All males up to cat B no Cat A's. Transfers in only by prior agreement..



Own clothes (Enhanced)
Own bedding (Enhanced)
PlayStation (enhanced) television (50p per week)


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Monday to Thursday

Morning; all wings, Afternoon; all wings, Evening; All wings apart from Induction


Morning; all wings

Saturday & Sunday

Morning; all wings, Afternoon; all wings 

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The gym provides a minimum of an hour recreational activity every week, and also provides a variety of accredited courses.


Activities include;

Circuit Training
Light Circuit Training

Outdoor Area
Over 40s
Over 50s
Soft Tennis
SpWeight Loss Programme
Weight Training


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1 x 30 minutes, 4 x 1 hour, and 12 x 75 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 Winchester is: Terry Lane

Full-time Anglican, Catholic and Methodist Chaplains. Part-time Imam.


Facilities for;

Buddhist, Christian Science, Church Army, Hindu, Jehovah's Witness, Jewish, Mormon, Pagans, Salvation Army, Sikh, Spiritualist

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Dentist Availability


Optician Availability


Physio Availability

As required (outside hospital)

Stop Smoking Availability

As required



InReach Availability



NHS Healthcare Information for Winchester

Prison Healthcare Manager: Julie Saggers
Tel: 01962 723000


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The Manchester College
The Manchester College, Offender Learning Directorate, Fielden Compus, Burlow Manor Road M1 3HB
Tel: 0800 068 8585

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

Classes include; 

Basic Education
Computer Studies
Creative Writing
Key Skills
Life & Social Skills
Open University


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

Last Inspection Date: 02/04/2007
To read their report click here

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Prison Workshops
Contract Services x2
Other x2

Employment includes;

  • Barbering
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Production Skills
  • Sports Studies
  • Textiles

 The Prison Industries offer light assembly work and charity work through the Inside Out Trust, there are also IT training opportunities in the Skills Shops.

Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Basic ESOL Course, Entry Level
Basic ESOL Course, Level 1
Basic Literacy Course, Entry Level
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety at Work
Initial Text Processing (Entry 3) (QCF)
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 Working with Others
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Entry Level, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Entry Level, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Entry Level, PW D, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW D, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW E, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
OCN Level 2, PW D, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 3, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Using ICT (Entry 3)
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Word Processing (Advanced)
Word Processing (Beginners)

Word Processing (Intermediate)


Current wage for employed

£5.00 - £15.00

Wage for retired / long term sick

£4.50 (£2.50 Basic)


£5.00 - £15.00

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Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

Up to 18 years

No of Visitors Permitted

3 adults plus children

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Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 2
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: 19.6 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.

Annual Budget: £13.800,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £33,607
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.

Parliamentary Information
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Steve Brine (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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Prison Video Link (PVL)
All prisons with video link facilities have at least one courtroom and two briefing rooms where the defendant can hold a conference with their solicitor before and, if required, after their court hearing.

If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a prisoner via video link to save having to visit the prison.

The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with oral hearings.
It should be noted however that court hearings must take priority.

At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.

To book the Video Link facility telephone: 01962 869741 (Direct dial)

Drug Services

HMP Winchester say;

"Winchester and West Hill provides a full range of Drug Services.

"Winchester has a dedicated in patient detoxification facility that offers a wide range of prescribing options for prisoners that require it.

"There is a multidisciplinary CARAT team that provides full referral, assessment, advice, and throughcare services with links to other prisons and community agencies including the Drug Intervention Programme (DIP). Voluntary Drug Testing is provided for both therapeutic reasons and compliance testing and West Hill is designated as a drug free environment where all prisoners are regularly tested and receive support to stay away from illicit substances.

"Two accredited drug treatment programmes are also offered to suitable prisoners: the four week Short Duration Drug Programme (SDDP) for remand and short sentenced prisoners and the five week Prison - Addressing Substance Related Offending (PASRO) programme for longer serving prisoners. Support from Cocaine, Alcoholics, and Narcotics Anonymous is also provided."


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: 13–16 September 2010 - Unannounced short follow-up inspection
Report Dated: December 2010
Published: 25th February 2011

They said:
“ Winchester is a Victorian local prison which serves the courts of Hampshire and holds sentenced and remanded adult prisoners. It also has a small resettlement unit: West Hill. On our previous visit, we found the prison to be performing reasonably well, although suffering all the typical pressures of a crowded local prison. On our return for this unannounced follow-up inspection, we were pleased that – despite ongoing pressures – there had been progress on a number of our recommendations. However, there remained plenty still to do.

“ Winchester remained a reasonably safe prison. There had been some improvements to the management of early days in custody and suicide prevention arrangements were reasonable. However, measures to reduce violence and bullying were inadequate and required improvement. Security remained good, use of force was relatively low and the segregation unit had been refurbished. Clinical support for substance users was improving.

“ At the last inspection we expressed concern at some outdated staff attitudes and poor staffprisoner relationships. Managers had focused on this area and some improvements were visible, although not all staff engaged positively with prisoners and we still came across examples of poor interaction and unnecessary rudeness. The incentives and earned privileges scheme was ineffective as a behaviour modification tool. Accommodation was clean but crowded. The management of most aspects of diversity had improved, as had healthcare provision.

“ Time out of cell remained variable with as little as two hours for some unemployed prisoners, of whom there were too many, and as much as 10 hours for those in West Hill. There was a similarly wide differentiation in work and training opportunities, with over a quarter of those on the main site without purposeful activity, but full employment on West Hill. The quality of education had improved. Both the library and gym were reasonable.

“ Improvement was required in the management of resettlement and, while there was some form of custody planning for most prisoners, there was a backlog in offender assessments. However, support for substance users was good, as were arrangements to maintain family ties. Reintegration services were satisfactory and a wide range of basic services were available.

“ Winchester is a crowded, Victorian local prison with all the challenges of a transient and needy population. Nevertheless, in most areas it continues to perform reasonably well. There has been some commendable progress in a number of areas since our last inspection, but there remains much scope for further improvement.”

Nick Hardwick December 2010
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click here to read the full report

Previous Report
by HMCIP: April 2007 (Announced Full Inspection)

They said:

“HMP Winchester is a medium-sized Victorian local prison, with a small category C training wing. Over recent years, significant progress has been made in introducing positive elements, such as resettlement work. However, like all local prisons, it faces considerable pressures and increased demands. There was some evidence, at this inspection, that this combination was testing the prison’s ability to sustain and continue improvements.

“Winchester was a reasonably safe prison, and had developed good induction systems for newly-arrived prisoners. However, there was no designated first night centre, and fewer prisoners than normal said they felt safe, or had showers or phone calls, on their first night. Suicide and self-harm was managed well, though Listeners needed more support. Although there was little indication that bullying was a major problem the anti-bullying arrangements were weak, and vulnerable prisoners continued to be identifiable and to feel less safe than others.

“It was disappointing to note, at this inspection, that there was evidence that the negative staff culture which had been a feature of Winchester in the past had not yet been obliterated. While we saw some staff interacting well with prisoners, most residential staff did not appear to think it was their job to provide positive support, or to engage with prisoners; and there was evidence of some unprofessional language, in both written and spoken comments. Residential staff were not involved in many of the positive aspects of prison life – such as resettlement work – and it was necessary for managers to ensure that this gulf was bridged.

“Some aspects of diversity were also weak: in particular work with foreign nationals and disabled prisoners. The latter were too often held in healthcare because of inadequate facilities elsewhere. Though there were better systems to promote racial equality, many black and minority ethnic prisoners had poorer perceptions of prison life than white prisoners, particularly in relation to catering and shop products. There were still some gaps in healthcare provision, and delays in transferring severely mentally ill patients to NHS care.

“There had been commendable work to increase the amount, range and quality of work and training in West Hill, the prison’s category C and resettlement annex. All prisoners there had access to activity, often geared to local employment opportunities. In the main prison, however, up to half the prisoners were unemployed, and would spend around 22 hours a day in their cells. No work-based qualifications were available there, and jobs were not allocated according to need or sentence plans. Accredited training in PE had been offered but only recreational PE was available at the time of the inspection, though this was regularly used by prisoners.

“Winchester had been an early pioneer in resettlement work: with a dedicated multi-disciplinary team providing reintegration advice and support in the benefits, employment, training and accommodation (BETA) team. This service continued, but it sat uneasily with the new offender management model, operated separately for the minority of prisoners – usually long-sentenced – who were in scope of the new arrangements. Offender management was itself working separately from existing probation structures. This silo working was ineffective. Services needed to be integrated, and better links established both with residential staff within the prison and with probation staff outside. Nor should the needs of the majority of prisoners in the main prison, serving short sentences, be neglected.

“Winchester remains a reasonably well-performing local prison, in spite of the pressures in the prison system as a whole. However, there are some warning signs – the lack of sufficient  activity spaces in the main prison, the somewhat dislocated resettlement arrangements and, in particular, the fact that residential staff are not fully engaged in the support and rehabilitation of prisoners. These are all matters that prison managers, and the National Offender Management Service, will need to monitor closely.”

Anne Owers June 2007
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 IMBs are numbers; 74 to 80

IMBs were known as ‘Boards of Visitors’ and are still referred to in the legislation under their old titles, although this is likely to change in the near future.

The Independent Monitoring Board for each establishment is made up of independent and unpaid volunteers from the local area. They monitor the day-to-day life in the establishment and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Members have unrestricted access to all areas of the prison at all times and can talk to any prisoner they wish, out of sight and hearing of a members of staff. They visit all areas such as; kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare centre and chaplaincy.

If a prisoner or detainee has an issue that they have been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, they can place a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. In addition, if something serious happens at the prison, for example a riot or a death in custody, IMB members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which it is handled.

IMB members sample food, can attend adjudications and should visit people held in the segregation unit. They must also be kept informed on such issues as the use of restraints.

The IMB meets regularly, usually once per month, and has an elected Chair and Vice Chair. Members work together as a team to raise any matters of concern and to keep an independent eye on the prison.


CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any prison.
Click on the year and then select the prison.

Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.

Last Update: March 2012


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