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HMYOI GLEN PARVA Prison Regime Info


10 Tigers Road Wigston Leicester LE18 4TN image of HMYOI GLEN PARVA prison

Phone No.

0116 228 4100

Governor / Director

Alison Clarke


Male YOI


East Midlands

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy


Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Eileen Glasper
Vice Chair: Clare Garner

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Glen Parva is a male Young Offender Institution which holds remand, sentenced and un-sentenced prisoners aged 18-21. It has ten residential units each holding about 80 young men. The quality of the accommodation is varied and, during inspections, prisoners were extremely negative about the food; however prisoner/staff relationships are generally good.


The prison was built in the early 1970s as a borstal and has always held young offenders.

Since its opening in 1974 the establishment has seen considerable expansion and change and now serves a catchment area of over 100 courts, holding a mixture of sentenced, un-sentenced, and remand prisoners.

10 discrete residential units each having a mixture of single and double cells. All cells have integral sanitation and most have televisions which can be rented by prisoners.



  • Unit 1 Sentenced
  • Unit 2 Sentenced
  • Unit 5 Sentenced


  • Unit 8 Sentenced
  • Unit 9 Sentenced
  • Unit 10 Sentenced
  • Unit 11 Short-term sentenced/convicted but not sentenced
  • Unit 12 Trials and remands
  • Unit 14 Remands
  • Unit 15 Induction

Unit 7 Segregation unit

Healthcare centre

Reception criteria:
Glen Parva is a closed YOI and Remand Centre.


Family Officers

The Family Officers provide families with laminated business cards displaying their name, title, location and direct telephone number. These are handed to family members in the Visitor Centre. 



Hobbies kits during lock-up
In-cell power
Own bedding
Own clothes (Subject to status)
Television (50p per week)


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13:45 - 16:30 + 17:45 - 19:15 (Enhanced only)


13:45 - 16:30 + 17:45 - 19:15 (Enhanced only)


13:45 - 16:30 + 17:45 - 19:15 (Enhanced only)


13:45 - 16:30 + 17:45 - 19:15 (Enhanced only)


13:45 - 16:30


09:15 - 11:45 & 14:00 - 16:30


09:15 - 11:45 & 14:00 - 16:30

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The gymnasium delivers specialist sports-related qualifications including Diet and Nutrition, Weight Training, Power Lifting, Heartstart, Cricket, Rugby and Soccer Skills Development. There are also training opportunities on each residential unit to develop work-related skills and experience.


Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Remedial
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball

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5 days a week at varying times

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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 Glen Parva is: Alison Adams


Full-time Anglican, Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.

Visiting Catholic Priest


Facilities for;
Buddhist, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Sikh


Provision is made for all other faiths as required.




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Dentist Availability

3 sessions per week

Optician Availability

2 - 3 sessions a month - as required

Physio Availability

Referral by GP or nurse - 2 sessions a week

Stop Smoking Availability

3 eight week courses for 20 people

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
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East Midlands Health & Justice Commissioning
(hosted by Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Area Team)
Primary care Provider:
Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust
Freepost, RSUL-LSXC-AGJU, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Lakeside House, 4 Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester LE19 1SS
Tel: 0116 225 6000
Customer Services: 0116 295 0830 or 0831
Provider of Physical Health Care
Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust
Provider of Mental Health Care
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (secondary MH)
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Sudborough House, St Mary's Hospital, London Road, Kettering NN15 7PW

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

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

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Cookery
  • BiCS
  • Business Studies
  • Career Planning
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Creative Writing
  • CSCS
  • ECDL
  • English
  • ESOL
  • Functional Skills
  • Information Technology (ECDL and CLAIT)
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy (at a wide variety of levels)
  • Maths
  • Numeracy (at a wide variety of levels)
  • Parenting

HMYOI Glen Parva says;
"Glen Parva provides a regime that is aimed at developing work-related skills and which delivers educational opportunities that will assist the young men in our charge to make a positive and meaningful contribution to society upon release. Education and training is supported through a wide range of learning environments and we are fully committed to seeking external support and sponsorship for our activities."



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

To read their latest report click here

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Prison Workshops


Employment includes;

  • BICSc Workshop
  • Bricklaying
  • Catering
  • Contract Services – British Red Cross
  • Contract Services – Injection Moulding
  • CSCS
  • Farms and Gardens (NVQ and specialist qualifications in Horticulture/Land Based Industries)
  • Fork Lift Truck Training
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Industrial Laundry
  • Laundry
  • Motor Cycles
  • Motor Vehicles
  • NVQ Barbershop
  • NVQ Brickwork
  • NVQ Carpentry
  • NVQ Engineering – linked to Loughborough College of FE
  • NVQ Painting and Decorating (including a Painting Team)
  • NVQ Training Kitchen (supported by Holiday Inn)
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Permanent Way Maintenance (Trackworks)
  • Production Kitchen
  • Recycling
  • Sports Studies
  • Staff Mess
  • Story Book Dads programme (OCN Sound Recording Award)
  • Trackworks


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Forklift Truck Training
IT User Skills (ECDL Essentials) (ITQ) (QCF)
IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) (ITQ) (QCF)
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
National Skills Profile - Hairdressing
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
Personal Career Planning
Preparing for a Business Venture
Preparing for a Business Venture
Rights and responsibilities in the workplace
Understanding Aspects of Citizenship
Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating

Using Cooking Skills in a Domestic Kitchen


Current wage for employed

£6.00 - £12.00


£8.00 / £9.00 / £10.00 (IEP based)

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  • CALM - Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it
  • Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)
  • P-ASRO

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A Restorative Justice Programme now runs with the local council


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

No limit (but unlikely to be older than 5 years

No of Visitors Permitted

1 parent/guardian

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

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 20.7 (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: £17,100,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £36,392
*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: Leicestershire South
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Andrew Robathan (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.

In general prisoners phone calls follow the same rules as for letters in as far as who can be contacted and what can be said. If the rules are broken the prison may terminate the call.

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 send stamped address envelopes (address to yourself), for the prisoner to reply, to any prisoner in any prison.

Prisoners are not allowed to send you letters or information to be posted on social networking internet sites.

Remember all letters are opened and checked and may be read.

Full information about prisoners’ correspondence can be found in Prison Service Instruction 2011-006

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]. Include your full detail in an accompanying letter or note. It takes about a week for the money to be credited to the prisoner.

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.

It's cheaper than a second class stamp and faster than first class mail.

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.

Click Here for more information


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: 0116 228 4100 ext 4020

New Receptions:

All new prisoners arriving at Glen Parva spend their first 6 nights in a dedicated Induction Unit. They complete a comprehensive induction programme before moving to other units appropriate for their status, e.g. remand / sentenced.

Suicide Prevention:
Glen Parva as an establishment is committed to the provision of resources to identify and support prisoners in crisis. Reflecting national policy, we use the ACCT system to identify and support those prisoners currently at risk of suicide or self - harm.

The support offered is tailored to meet the needs of individual prisoners and involves all disciplines and agencies within the establishment, as well as peer - group support. The latter is provided by Listeners, who are specially selected prisoners trained and supervised by The Samaritans, as well as The Insiders, who are trained by prison staff. This policy is continually updated and reviewed with the aim of ensuring that prisoners have access to care and support equivalent to that available in the community.

Drugs Strategy
All prisoners are assessed by Health Care and Drug Support Services staff on reception. If a drug related problem is identified there are provisions for:


  • One to one counselling
  • CARATs
  • Group Work
  • Short Duration Drugs Programme (for short sentence prisoners)
  • P-ASRO (accredited drugs programme)
  • Compact Based Drug Testing

Glen Parva employs full time drug workers co-ordinated by a full time Drug Support Manager, who support prisoners throughout their sentence and liaise with external agencies to ensure that support is available for prisoners upon release.

There is provision for 300 prisoners on the compact based programme and all prisoners on the enhanced level of the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme or in key work place positions are subject to compact based drug testing.


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: 2 – 6 November 2009 - Full unannounced inspection

They said

“Glen Parva is a young offender institution in Leicester, holding around 800 sentenced, unsentenced and remanded young male prisoners aged 18 to 21. In recent inspections, we have charted the establishment’s progress towards providing a generally safe, respectful environment for its volatile population, increasingly focused on resettlement. This full unannounced inspection found that much of this progress had been sustained, although it was of concern that there was insufficient good quality purposeful activity to keep young prisoners properly occupied.

“Early days in custody were generally well managed, but first night arrangements required improvement to allay the high levels of fear and anxiety among new arrivals. Despite a good strategic approach to tackling violence and bullying, continued and concerted effort was needed to reduce the high current levels. More clarity was also needed as to how to vulnerable prisoners were to be protected and managed. While use of force remained high, managers were scrupulous in ensuring lessons were learned and relatively little use was made of segregation. Suicide and self-harm prevention arrangements were satisfactory. Security was effective and proportionate. Drug use was commendably low, but there had been delays in introducing the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS).

“Staff-prisoner relationships varied, but were mostly positive and supported by some effective personal officer work. However, the incentives and earned privileges scheme was too negative and needed to do more to support good behaviour. The quality of accommodation was mixed, and some was very dilapidated and overcrowded. Prisoners were vociferous in their complaints about food and, although that which we tasted was adequate, the level of criticism needed to be addressed. Diversity was generally well managed, but better support was needed for foreign nationals. The chaplaincy provided an excellent service. Healthcare was satisfactory, but was suffering from staff vacancies, which impeded the development and improvement of services.

“Young prisoners spent a reasonable amount of time out of cell, but both the quantity and quality of purposeful activity were insufficient. Too many young men were unemployed and the available work was too often mundane and unaccredited. The management of learning and skills needed to improve in order to ensure that resources were effectively utilised and the curriculum developed further. Nevertheless, teaching was generally satisfactory. Access to the library was good. While PE provision was reasonable, neither we nor prisoners were assured that access was equitable across the establishment.

“There were some weaknesses in the strategic management of resettlement, but offender management and sentence planning arrangements were generally sound, although more support was needed for those on remand or very short sentences. Provision along the resettlement pathways varied, with some good work to address accommodation and offending behaviour issues, but some gaps in support to address finance, benefit and debt, and scope to do more to support family ties. Substance misuse services were reasonable but staff vacancies limited the range and quality of what could be delivered. We welcomed the much needed provision for young men with alcohol problems.

“Managers and staff at Glen Parva work hard to maintain the generally safe and respectful environment, with a sound focus on resettlement, that we have reported previously. However, the large population of young prisoners remains difficult to manage, and the environment in places is dilapidated and overcrowded. It is also disappointing that the establishment lacks sufficient good quality purposeful activity to keep young prisoners properly occupied and achieving skills that can equip them for a constructive life on release. Nevertheless, it is commendable that Glen Parva continues to confront and address its many challenges in a positive and constructive way.”

Anne Owers February 2010
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 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: January 2014


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Inside Information


Everything you need to know about visiting people in prison; procedures, opening times, directions etc.

Comprehensive information about each prison regime; lock down times, facilities, healthcare etc.

*NEW* Detailed information about IRC - Immigration Removal Centres.

insideinformation Book

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The insideinformation book

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


Help and Support

Various pages of information for help and support organisations and networks for those in custody as well as recently released. Also information for friends and family.

Grants and Funding

This grants and funding pdf document aims to meet the need of prisoners and ex-offenders for accurate, up to date information on the supplementary funding available to prisoners.

Rules and Regulations

Information on rules & regulations used throughout the prison service.

Glossary of Terms

The Glossary of Prison Related Terms explains what all the acronyms and terms stand for with prison related matters. Includes links to external sites to further explain things.

Fact Sheets

We have produced many Prison Related Fact Sheets inc. Legal Fact Sheets, Parole Fact Sheets and Other related information.


Find a Solicitor

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.

Other Publications

Inside Information has produced a number of books and publications you can purchase online.

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