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HMP WYMOTT Prison Regime Info


Address

Ulnes Walton Lane Leyland PR26 8LW image of HMP WYMOTT prison

Phone No.

01772 442000

Governor / Director

Terry Williams

Category

Male Cat. C

Region

North West

Operational Capacity

1,111

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

Yes

IMB

Chair: Anne Whalley
Vice Chair: Patricia Pattison

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Wymott is a, male category C trainer prison which has facilities for vulnerable prisoners.

 

It opened in 1979 as short term category C prison.

Accommodation:
VP Unit, A, B, I and J Wings. Elderly Prisoners are located on I Wing. Cat C on C/D, E/F and G/H Wings. K wing is the Therapeutic Community.

Reception criteria:
Sentence: Any
Offence: Any
Length of Sentence: Any
HCC: Medical 1

Therapeutic Community:
Prisoners willing to participate in the TC. Any positive result VDT/MDT will result in return to sending establishment. VP side sex-offenders only.

Facilities:

Hobbies kits (by application and approval)
In-cell power
Own bedding
Own clothes (all) Prison Clothing is required for work, education and visits
Playstation (Enhanced only)
Television (£1 per week)


 


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UNLOCKING TIMES

Monday

08:00

Tuesday

08:00

Wednesday

08:00

Thursday

08:00

Friday

08:00

Saturday

08:30

Sunday

08:30

ASSOCIATION

Monday

17:45 - 20:00

Tuesday

17:45 - 20:00

Wednesday

17:45 - 20:00

Thursday

17:45 - 20:00

Friday

13:30 - 17:30

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

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HEALTH & SPORTS


Badminton
Basketball
Remedial
Sports Field
Volleyball
 


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LIBRARY


All day Mon-Thu

Fri morning


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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 chaplains at Wymott attempt to help the prisoners express their faith, grow through their prison experience. We are available to support prisoners of any faith or none.
 

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at Wymott is: Philip Tyers
 

Full-time Anglican, Catholic and Ecumenical Chaplains. Part-time Free Church and Muslim Chaplains. Sessional Buddhist, Jewish, Pagan and Sikh Chaplains. Jehovah's Witness and Mormon ministers visit regularly. A Hindu chaplain visits when required.

Facilities for:

Mormons, Pagans, Sikhs, Hindus and Jehovah Witness'


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HEALTHCARE

Dentist Availability

Yes. Frequency not disclosed

Optician Availability

Yes. Frequency not disclosed

Physio Availability

No

Podiatry Availability

No

Acupuncture Availability

No

Stop Smoking Availability

Yes. Frequency not disclosed

CPN

Yes. Frequency not disclosed

InReach Availability

Yes. Frequency not disclosed

 


NHS Healthcare Information for Wymott

Prison Healthcare Manager: Glenda Dobie
Tel: 01772 444000

PCT: Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust
North West Health Authority

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
PALS is there to help when you need advice, or wish to make a complaint. As a patient, relative or carer PALS provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns that you may have about any aspect of your NHS care.

The service aims to:
• advise and support patients, their families and carers
• provide information on NHS services
• listen to your concerns, suggestions or queries
• help sort out problems quickly on your behalf

PALS acts independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff, managers and where appropriate, relevant organisations to negotiate prompt solutions. If necessary they can also refer patients and families to specific local or national-based support agencies.

Contact Information

Tel: 0800 032 2424
Email: PALS@centrallancashire.nhs.uk

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


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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
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)
Working Links
Head office: Unicorn House, Bromley, Kent BR1 1NX
Tel: 020 8212 8255
 


Classes include;

Computer Studies
Cookery
English
Key Skills
Life and Social Skills
Literacy
Maths
Numeracy
 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

OFSTED NUMBER: 52350
Last Inspection Date: 20/10/2008
To read their report click here


 


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops
Contract Services
Engineering x2
Laundry
PICTA x2
Printing
Textiles
 
Employment

Employment includes;

  • Catering
  • DHL Canteen Shop
  • Gardening
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Printing

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Assessors Certificate
Basic Construction Skills
Book-Keeping and Accounts (QCF)
Business Finance (QCF)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL Skills for Life
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Foundation Programme
Health and Safety in the Workplace
ICT Skills for Life
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 1
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 2
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 3
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Key Skills in Working with Others
Manual Handling - Principles and Practice
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Social Sciences (SSA 11), PW A
OCN Entry Level, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, History, Philosophy and Theology (SSA 10)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Science and Mathematics (SSA 2)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Education and Training (SSA 13)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW B
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)

Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
 


CURRENT WAGES

Current wage for employed

Not disclosed

Wage for retired / long term sick

Not disclosed

Education

Not disclosed

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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


Adapted Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTP)
Better Lives Booster (SOTP)
Core Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTP)
Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)
Healthy Relationships Programme (HRP)
Therapeutic Communities (eg Kainos)
 


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RESETTLEMENT


Job club

Job Centre+

 


Probation
Lancashire Probation Trust
Tel: 01772 421461

Fax: 01772 455960


FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

No

Age Limits

Not disclosed

No of Visitors Permitted

Not disclosed

A new Visitors' Centre is coming on line and facilities for Family Days will be reviewed shortly.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PRISON PERFORMANCE
Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 3
This is on a scale from 1 (serious concerns) to 4 (Exceptional) and is worked out by the Ministry of Justice taking into account 34 criteria such as overcrowding, purposeful activities etc. A score of 3 is considered a good performance. Published quarterly.

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 26.1 (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: £21.600,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £33,088
*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: Ribble South
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Lorraine Fullbrook (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.
 

Story Book Dads/Mums
Story Book Dads/Mums operates at this prison.
The imprisoned parent records a story and a message which is then edited and enhanced using digital audio software and editors remove mistakes and add sound effects and music. Finally a CD is made, a personalised cover created, and the finished disc sent to the child. The whole service is free.


Click Here for more information
 


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: 15–17 November 2011 - announced short follow-up inspection
Published: March 2012

Despite considerable expansion the prison continues to improve


They said:
“HMP Wymott is a large category C training prison in Lancashire holding over 1,100 men, including a significant population of vulnerable prisoners. Our last full inspection of Wymott in October 2008 was positive and we found that the prison was achieving good or reasonably good outcomes for prisoners. We were impressed during that inspection that, despite considerable expansion, the prison had managed to continue to improve and functioned as an effective training prison. During this short follow-up inspection we found progress to be mixed, and in some important areas, limited. Short follow-up inspections focus on recommendations made at the last full inspection and so do not provide an assessment of the prison as a whole.

“Progress on safety was insufficient. The quality and timeliness of reception processes continued to be poor for some prisoners. Arrangements to support prisoners at risk of self-harm or suicide, which we were concerned about at our last inspection, had progressed but still required further improvement. Levels of violence remained commendably low and violence reduction was well managed, but limited staff resources hampered further development. Use of force levels were not high and were similar to those at the time of our last inspection, but there was insufficient management oversight of the use of force and many reports were incomplete. Scrutiny of adjudication paperwork was similarly poor.

“Some improvements had been made to residential areas. The number of telephones had increased and cell toilets had been screened. However, many showers remained unscreened and, although clean, required refurbishment.

“Progress on diversity was disappointing. Race issues were dominant although the negative perceptions of black and minority ethnic prisoners had yet to be explored. Wider diversity provision had not been developed and the needs of foreign national prisoners were not being met. The number of older prisoners and prisoners with disabilities remained high and we were pleased to see that there had been significant improvements in their care.

“There had been good progress in health care and health care staff were well integrated into the prison. However, prisoners were still negative about health care provision and this was mainly due to long waits to see the GP and dentist.

“We had few concerns about prisoners’ access to, and the quality of, learning and skills provision at our last inspection. At this inspection we found further progress to be reasonable although record keeping and reviews of prisoner learning required development. Access to the library had improved considerably and use of the gym and participation in fitness activities had increased.

“The strategic management of resettlement and offender management had improved since our last visit. Progress along the resettlement pathways was generally sound, with some particularly good links with employers resulting in high numbers of prisoners being released into employment. There had been some progress around improving visits arrangements and engaging with sex offenders in denial, which both caused us concern last time, but more work needed to be done.

“Wymott faces the challenge of delivering a purposeful training regime to a diverse prisoner population. The prison has undoubtedly remained an effective training prison and has made notable progress in managing prisoners’ sentences and improving resettlement outcomes – both of which had given us cause for concern last time. Progress is less visible in other areas. The prison needed to refocus its efforts to ensure sufficient attention is given to maintaining a safe and respectful environment and, in particular, to developing its approach to diversity, recognising that it holds a diverse population presenting a range of risks and needs.”

Nick Hardwick January 2012
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click Here to read the full report


Previous Report
by HMCIP: October 2008 (Announced Full Inspection)

They said:
“Wymott is a large category C training prison, holding over a thousand men. It has expanded by 25% since its last full inspection in 2003. Unlike many training prisons which have undergone similar expansion, Wymott has managed to sustain its performance and the quality and quantity of activity available to its prisoners.

“This inspection found that the prison was performing at least reasonably well against all four of our tests and indeed, in relation to activity, was performing well. However, in some areas there are issues that need to be addressed to ensure that this performance can be maintained and improved.

“Wymott was a relatively safe prison, with apparently low levels of drug use and bullying. New induction arrangements were bedding in to improve the support for prisoners in the early days of custody. However, strategies on violence reduction and safer custody were over-complex and procedures were not fully understood or implemented by staff.

“Relationships between staff and prisoners were reasonable, and particularly good on the vulnerable prisoners’ units, where we saw some of the best wing file entries we have ever seen. That very good practice could usefully be imported to the other wings. Black and minority ethnic prisoners were less positive than others, and other aspects of diversity, including support for the increasing number of older and disabled prisoners, needed development. Healthcare, and in particular mental healthcare, was in general good, but needed better links with the rest of the prison and better appointments and complaints procedures.

“The organisation and management of the prison’s important resettlement function was unfocused, without any analysis of the needs of the very varied population. Nevertheless, there were some effective interventions and services, which were particularly appreciated by the vulnerable prisoner population. Virtually all prisoners were managed in the prison under the offender management model but there was little involvement by external offender managers for the 60% formally in scope. The role of offender supervisors needed further development. The children and families pathway in general was underdeveloped, and in particular the arrangements for visits and treatment of visitors were poor. In addition, the prison needed to find ways of engaging with the significant number of sex offenders who were either not willing or not yet ready to engage in treatment programmes.

“It was particularly commendable that, in spite of the prison’s significant growth, there was activity available for all prisoners, and almost all prisoners participated in it. Recent changes to the core day had restricted prisoners’ access to time out of cell, but the quality of education and training available was very good, and clearly linked to employability and sentence planning. Qualifications were available in all work areas, and the work met industry standards. PE provision was also good, with opportunities for older prisoners and those with disabilities.

“Overall, this is a very positive report on a prison that has managed to progress despite a considerably increased, and very varied, population. Unlike many similar prisons, Wymott was in fact as well as in name a training prison, providing both sufficient quality and quantity of activity. In other areas, and particularly in resettlement, there were issues that need to be tackled if the prison is to continue to improve and to provide a safe and effective environment for the thousand prisoners held there.”

Anne Owers February 2009
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: March 2012

 



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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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