Prison Rules and Regulations

Below you can find summarised information on rules & regulations used throughout the prison service, along with links to the full texts where supplied. 

If you find any broken links, or any textual errors within any of the information supplied, please report them to us via our Contact page.

Simply select from the appropriate section for the information you require:

Prison Service Instructions (PSI's)
Prison Service Orders (PSO's)
English Prison Rules
English YOI Rules
Scottish Prison & YOI Rules
Northern Ireland Prison & YOI Rules
Prisoner Information Books




Prison Service Instructions (PSI's)

Prison Service Instructions are mandatory instructions which have a definite expiry date. They are also used to introduce amendments to Prison Service Orders. PSIs are numbered with the year of publication, followed by 'hyphen'  followed by 3 digits  (eg. PSI2007-001). If you want to search by number please ensure you include the year part. Only PSIs published since 2007 are included on this site.

To search for PSI Updates to PSO's, enter the PSO number as the keyword
eg. PSO1250



Alternatively enter KEYWORD or PSI No.
eg. PSI2007-031


Or browse using these links
View All PSI Categoris
View All PSI Entries

Prison Service Orders (PSO's)

Prison Service Orders are long-term mandatory instructions which are intended to last for an indefinite period.

They do not include a year, but use a 4 digit numbering system eg. PSO1025



Alternatively enter KEYWORD or PSO No.
eg. PSO1025


Or browse using these links
View All PSO Categoris
View All PSO Entries

English Prison Rules

The Prison Rules and associated legislation are the law by which all PSOs and PSIs must comply and set down how people in custody must be treated.

Most of these rules are contained within one large document. By entering a KEYWORD here, you will be presented with a list of relevant rules found within that document.

Or you can download all the rules in pdf
English Prison Rules 2010 (pdf)

Enter KEYWORD


Or browse using these links
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English YOI Rules

The Prison Rules and associated legislation are the law by which all PSOs and PSIs must comply and set down how people in custody must be treated.

Most of these rules are contained within one large document. By entering a KEYWORD here, you will be presented with a list of relevant rules found within that document.

Or you can download all the rules in pdf
English YOI Rules 2010 (pdf)

Enter KEYWORD


Or browse using these links
View All Rules Entries

Scottish Prison & YOI Rules

The Scottish Prison Rules are laid out by the Scottish Ministers and approved by the Scottish Parliament, and regulate the treatment of prisoners in Scotland.

Most of these rules are contained within one large document. By entering a KEYWORD here, you will be presented with a list of relevant rules found within that document.

Or you can download all the rules in pdf
Scottish Prison and YOI Rules 2006 (pdf)

Enter KEYWORD


Or browse using these links
View All Rules Entries

Northern Ireland Prison & YOI Rules

The Northern Ireland Rules are published by the Northern Ireland Office, and regulate the treatment of prisoners in Northern Ireland.

Most of these rules are contained within one large document. By entering a KEYWORD here, you will be presented with a list of relevant rules found within that document.

Or you can download all the rules in pdf
Northern Ireland Prison & YOI Rules 2009 (pdf)

Enter KEYWORD


Or browse using these links
View All Rules Entries

Prisoner Information Books

These books are handed to prisoners on entry. We have provided pdf versions for you to download (click on the relevant image).


Info Book 1
Information Book for Disabled Prisoners
Info Book 2
Information book for prisoners with a disability
(Easy read version)
Info Book 3
Prisoners' Information Book - male prisoners and young offenders

Books are available in alternate languages.



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