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HMYOI ROCHESTER Prison Regime Info


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1 Fort Road Rochester Kent ME1 3QS image of HMYOI ROCHESTER prison

Phone No.

01634 803100

Governor / Director

Andy Hudson

Category

Male YOI

Region

Kent and Sussex

Operational Capacity

664

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

Yes

IMB

Chair: Godfrey Featherstone
Vice Chair: Jean Abbott

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Closed male young offender institution.

(Mainly 18 - 21 year olds but some slightly older)

 

Rochester was originally built as a prison in 1874 on a former military site above the Medway river. It was extensively rebuilt in the early years of this century as the Borstal Institution taking its title from an adjacent village. Its pioneering methods in dealing with young men and boys were used as a model for the creation of other borstal institutions which were given statutory authority in 1908 and lasted until their abolition in 1983, when Rochester converted to a youth custody centre.

In 1988 the prison changed its role to operate as a remand centre for the Kent courts and sentenced category C and D adult males. Further changes to its role resulted in a mixed site holding immigration detainees, a resettlement unit for adult male prisoners at the end of their sentences and a remand and allocation centre for under 21 year old males.

In January 2002 Rochester re-rolled to a dedicated site for sentenced young men up to the age of 21.

Accommodation:
Mixture of single and double accommodation cells contained on 3 Victorian style wings and a further residential unit of single cell accommodation which is used as an Induction Unit.

  • B Wing: 93 single cells, 3 double cells, 1 dormitory
  • C Wing: 64 single cells, 11 double cells, 5 dormitories
  • D Wing: 91 single cells, 3 double cells, 1 dormitory
  • E Wing: 19 single cells, 49 double cells, 2 dormitories
  • F Wing: 30 double cells
  • G Wing: 30 double cells
  • H Wing: 59 single cells
  • R Wing: 30 double cells
  • Segregation: 21 single cells

Reception criteria:
Convicted sentenced young offenders serving less than 4 years.

Facilities:

Full cell power
Own bedding (Enhanced)
PlayStation (Enhanced)
Television (£1 per week)

 


 


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UNLOCKING TIMES

Monday

08:15, 13:45 and 18:00

Tuesday

08:15, 13:45 and 18:00

Wednesday

08:15, 13:45 and 18:00

Thursday

08:15, 13:45 and 18:00

Friday

08:15 and 13:45

Saturday

09:00 and 14:00

Sunday

09:00 and 14:00

ASSOCIATION

Monday

18:00 - 20:00

Tuesday

18:00 - 20:00

Wednesday

18:00 - 20:00

Thursday

18:00 - 20:00

Friday

14:00 - 16:00

Saturday

09:00 - 11:00 & 14:00 - 16:00 (once Exercise Yard & once Association)

Sunday

09:00 - 11:00 & 14:00 - 16:00 (once Exercise Yard & once Association)

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HEALTH & SPORTS


Circuit Training
Basketball
Weight Training
Soccer
Light Circuit Training
Remedial
Weight Loss programme
 


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LIBRARY


On request - (once every 6 weeks if doing a library based course)


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FAITH


Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.

The Chaplaincy does far more than just pastoral care; they often are able to lend radios, musical instruments and typewriters; they may take part in Sentence Planning and are available as a ‘listening ear’ and are able, sometimes, to help with domestic problems. Most Chaplaincies run various courses and activities which may or may not have a religious theme. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith (even when segregated).

The Chaplaincy are able to organise faith activities for all main religions (as recognised by the Prison Service; this does not, at present include Rastafarian as a specific religion) and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. The chaplaincy can also intercede on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.

You can contact the Chaplaincy by letter or by telephoning the main prison number and asking to speak to the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy works as part of the prison and cannot, therefore, guarantee confidentiality (they can explain this to you in detail). Prisoners can contact the Chaplaincy in person or by Application.

Chaplaincy Statement of Purpose (HMPS)
The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. We will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. We believe that faith and the search for meaning directs and inspires life, and are committed to providing sacred spaces and dedicated teams to deepen and enrich human experience. We contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at Rochester is: Shaffwiq Din
 

Full-time Anglican Chaplain. Full-time Imam. Part-time Catholic Chaplain.

 

Facilities for;

 Buddhist, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Sikh


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HEALTHCARE

Dentist Availability

Three days a week

Optician Availability

Once a month

Physio Availability

When required

Podiatry Availability

When required

Stop Smoking Availability

Weekly

CPN

3 days a week

InReach Availability

3 days a week

Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
 
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East Midlands
East of England
Kent & Medway
Lancashire
London
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
 
Healthcare at Rochester is commissioned by:
Kent and Medway Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Provider:
HMPS
Minster Medical Group (GP Sessions)


 


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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)
Tribal Education Ltd
Head office: 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY
Tel: 020 7323 7100
 


Classes include;

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


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

OFSTED NUMBER: 52362

To read their latest report click here

 


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops
BICS
Charity
Contract Services x2
 
Employment

Employment includes;

  • Catering
  • Contract Services
  • Gardening
  • Hair Salon
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry
  • MNH Workshop
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Sports Studies
  • Waste Management
  • Wing Cleaners and Servery

Qualifications include;

  • BICS - Industrial Cleaning
  • NVQ - Hair Salon
  • NOCN - Painting and Decorating
  • NVQ - Multi-Skills Workshop/Construction
  • Gym Orderlies
  • Football Coaching Course
  • BWLA Course
  • First Aid
  • NVQ - Kitchen

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS

 
Adult Literacy
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Adult Numeracy
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Food Premises Cleaning Certificate
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Food Studies (Entry 1 and 2)
Fundamentals of Food Hygiene
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Health and Safety at Work
IT Systems Support - PC Maintenance
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW C
NVQ in Customer Service
NVQ in Hospitality
NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Entry Level, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Entry Level, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
Preparing for a Business Venture
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Entry Level, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
QCF provision - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Salon Services

CURRENT WAGES

Current wage for employed

£0.80 - £1.50 per session

Education

£0.80 (Basic), £1.20 (Standard), £1.50 (Enhanced) - per session

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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


P-Asro


FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

No restrictions

No of Visitors Permitted

3 Adults and 3 children under 12

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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: 22.2 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.
 


PRISON BUDGET
Annual Budget: £16,400,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £39,217
*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: Rochester and Strood
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Mark Reckless (Conservative)

Prisoners may write to either their ‘Home MP’ or the MP in whose constituency their current prison lies.
The address to write to is:
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

 


COMMUNICATIONS

Telephones
Most prisons now have PIN phones. Your relative or friend usually needs to apply to have your name and number on his/her telephone account. You will usually receive a call from the prison to check who you are and to ensure you are happy for them to call you. Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls.

There is no restriction on who prisoners can call except in the case of calls to journalists intended to be broadcast. In some cases child protection measures may mean extra checks on who they call.

Prisoners can normally make calls only during ‘association’ periods. Some prisons limit the length of time a call can last to avoid queues and people being disappointed. Prisoners’ telephone calls are very expensive; calls to landlines now cost 10p per minute and 37.5 p to mobiles (compared to 2p in a public phone box). In most prisons the phone calls can be listened to and/or recorded.

If a prisoner is newly convicted or transferred they should be offered an immediate ‘Reception’ phone call to tell you where they are. It may take a few days for numbers to be transferred or added.

Letters
When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.

If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).

Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.

On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.

Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.

Photographs
You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.

Money
It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer postal orders, but you could send a cheque. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners].

Visits
For full information about visits please refer to our ‘Visit Info’ section for this prison. Visits are very important to prisoners. At most prisons you may not give any item to the prisoner. Any items you wish to give them must usually be posted to the prison, and often after the prisoner has placed an ‘application’ for authorisation to have it sent in. The items which can be posted in are very limited. Check with the prisoner first and wait until they confirm that you can post it.

Emergencies
If there is a serious emergency - close family serious illness, death, or other reason you need to inform the prisoner immediately, you should telephone the main prison number and explain the problem to the operator who will transfer you to the appropriate person. If you are unhappy about their response redial and ask to speak to the Chaplaincy. Prison staff will not pass on general messages but only critical and very urgent messages. You should provide full details of the prisoner including their number.

Support and Advice
There are many very good charities and agencies who offer support and advice to people with family or friends in prison. We have a special section ‘Help/Support’ which has details and contact information for many of these. Do not hesitate or feel shy about calling any of these; they are there to offer support and advice.

EMAIL A PRISONER
This service operates at this prison. Email a Prisoner enables you to send messages to prisoners, in the UK and Irish prisons that operate the service, from any computer, without any of the hassles of writing and posting a letter, and it costs less than a second class stamp!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.
 

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website

 

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: 14–18 February 2011 - Announced inspection
Report Dated: April 2011
Published: June 14th 2011

They said:
“Rochester is a young offenders institution that, at the time of this inspection, held 631 sentenced young men aged between 18 and 21. The prison comprised two distinct parts – an older, largely Victorian facility on the site of the original borstal and a modern site containing new blocks of a high standard which had opened in 2008.

“ I first visited Rochester prison with our research team to distribute prisoner surveys before the formal start of the inspection. My overwhelming impression at that time was of young men sleeping their way through their sentences. When we went round the prison in the middle of a sunny day, the majority of prisoners were locked in their cells and most had draped something over their windows and were sleeping.

“ These early impressions were born out by what we found on the inspection. In our spot check, we found 27% of prisoners locked in their cells even in the working part of the day. The prison claimed that an average prisoner was unlocked for nine hours a day but we found that the maximum a prisoner who was fully engaged with the regime could be out of their cell was six and- a-half hours a day. For some prisoners it could be as little as one hour a day.

“ Although there was good PE provision there were too few other opportunities for exercise. Walking to activities was the most exercise too many of the young men had. The activities on offer were often undemanding; work was repetitive and mundane, such as lining soft fruit punnets with bubble wrap. Achievement in many education courses was low. Punctuality and attendance were too often poor.

“ Ministers are keen to establish working prisons. That is well and good but a start could be made in making sure that those held in young offenders institutions are able and expected to engage in work and other activities likely to benefit them, to prepare them for living law-abiding and useful adult lives.

“ In other respects, the prison presented a more mixed picture. The large area occupied by the prison and the challenging behaviour of some of the young men it held undoubtedly made it a difficult prison to run. In 2010 there had been 20 violent incidents a month, compared with 16 in 2009. Prisoners told us that the showers, recesses and prisoner movements around the prison were the places and times where this was most likely to happen. Some prisoners stood on the landing outside their cell when they were unlocked to ensure they were in sight of staff and safe, and that no one could enter their cell to steal anything. However, most prisoners told us they felt safe in the prison. Drug use was low.

“ The prison had taken a number of initiatives to minimise the use of violence and, in particular, had used exclusions from activity, restrictions on movement and the opportunities created by the large split site to keep prisoners who were believed to be a threat to, or at risk from others apart. This inevitably disrupted the prison’s more positive objectives and it was a fine balance to make. We believed the balance between security and the requirements of the regime needed careful adjustment. For instance, we thought the impact of these measures on prisoners’ attendance at religious services was too restrictive and was disproportionate. Assessments that determined prisoner allocation to other activities, such as release on temporary licence to take part in community placements, were also too risk averse.

“ Use of force by staff was also high, at 320 incidents in 2010, and we were concerned that governance of this was weak. The prison did not routinely film all planned use of force and, where they did so (as is surprisingly the case in many prisons) they were not viewed, either to check that the force had been used appropriately or to learn from the incident. We watched a selection of recordings and one incident caused us serious concern.

“ Prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm were generally well managed and cared for. An excellent daily briefing sheet updated all relevant departments on those prisoners who were at risk. However, we were very concerned about the number of these prisoners who had been held in segregation or, much worse, in a special cell. These were completely unsuitable environments for a prisoner at risk and should only have been used in the most exceptional circumstances. We saw no evidence to justify their use to this extent. Prisoners in the segregation unit were visited on a daily basis by a mental health nurse; one example of good practice from a generally good health service.

“ Relationship between staff and prisoners were mostly good. At ‘free flow’, when prisoners moved to and fro between their blocks and various activities, we witnessed many officers walking with one or two prisoners, talking things through with them. However, we also saw some interactions where staff appeared more distant and hesitant in their dealing with prisoners.

“ Relationships were assisted by a very impressive and dynamic chaplaincy team and good work on diversity. The prison had identified some areas where black and minority ethnic prisoners appeared to be adversely under- or over-represented. For instance, they were more likely to be awarded cellular confinement and closed visits and less likely to be placed in the resettlement wing. Nevertheless, black and minority ethnic prisoners themselves were positive about the prison and we observed a well integrated establishment.

“ Resettlement was a strength of the prison. Offender management and public protection arrangements were a little rough round the edges but basically satisfactory. Work in the resettlement pathways was generally very good. There was a well established accommodation service run by DePaul, and a team of dedicated and enthusiastic education, training and employment officers. In the previous 12 months, the prison had helped prisoners to manage their debts outside the prison – often relatively small amounts but significant obstacles to prisoners starting afresh on release. The prison had helped prisoners to freeze and consolidate over £100,000 of debt. Provision for children and families was good and there were welcome opportunities for young fathers to build or maintain relationships with their children where this was appropriate. The prison had a dedicated resettlement wing but allocation to the wing was over-cautious and non-transparent. More prisoners should have been helped to prepare for release by being offered work placement on licence in the community.

“ Rochester needs to tackle some key issues. First and foremost, it needs a greater sense of ambition for the young people it holds so that they are encouraged to benefit from work and education and greater use is made of the potential resettlement opportunities the prison provides. To do that it also needs to strike a better balance between the demands of security and the requirements of a positive regime.

“ Of course the levels of actual and potential violence in the prison do need to be tackled. At the time of the inspection, consideration was being given to holding a wider range of prisoners at Rochester and I understand this has now been agreed. This may create a less volatile population and the platform for a review of strategies to reduce violence, and so open up more positive opportunities for the prisoners Rochester holds.”

Nick Hardwick April 2011
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

 

Michael Spurr,

Chief Executive Officer of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), said:
"I am pleased that the Chief Inspector found that most of Rochester's population felt safe there and that drug use was low. His comments on healthcare and staff-prisoner relations and diversity are also welcome.

"The Governor and staff are working hard to minimise violence and use of force, and improve purposeful activity and services for vulnerable prisoners.

"All these actions, combined with already effective resettlement, will reduce the likelihood of reoffending and thereby protect the public."

Click here to read the full report

 


Independent Monitoring Board

By law every prison and immigration removal centre must have an Independent Monitoring Board. IMBs in prisons derive their responsibilities from the Prison Act 1952 (Section 6). Prison Rules dealing with IMDs are numbers; 74 to 80

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

INFORMATION
 
Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
 
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
 
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
 
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.
 
Last Update: January 2014
 





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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.

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Information on rules & regulations used throughout the prison service.

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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.

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