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The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue September 2011

Secret PSI?

From Jenny Richards – wife of a prisoner maintaining innocence

I recently contacted NOMS in order to try and find out about the withdrawn PSI 2011-036 and thought your readers might be interested in the reply. My email to NOMS stated:

I have been trying to locate PSI 2011-036 ‘Offender management – Psychologist’s Report Format’. I was surprised to find it did not exist in the relevant section of the www.justice.gov.uk website, and when I looked for it on the Inside Time (newspaper for prisoners) website I saw they had added the comment ‘Inside Time understand that NOMS have now withdrawn this PSI from public access’.

Why are NOMS and the Prison Service keeping their standard procedures secret? How can prisoners and members of the public know whether the rules are being followed if they don’t know what the rules are? How many other PSIs are being hidden from the public?

I understand one prisoner did have a copy of this PSI before it was ‘blocked’ but when he tried to send it to someone outside the prison it was confiscated before it could be sent.

I would be most interested to hear your comments and explanation. If you could also send me a copy of the PSI, I would be most grateful.
 

Response from: NOMS

Jo Bailey
Lead Psychologist
Public Sector Prisons
NOMS HQ

The PSI was published on the MoJ website in error and hence was then removed. The report ‘format’ that the PSI refers to replaces that included in current offender management documentation for the psychologist report to the Parole Board (the SPR-E). The PSI is currently being reviewed as it remains under stakeholder consultation. Until that is finished the PSI cannot be regarded as finalised and hence is not available. I am sure you understand that to publish a document that may then receive additional change is not helpful and can increase confusion, uncertainty and misreporting.
 



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Comments about this letter

1/9/2011 Jenny Richards

Nice wordy reply from NOMS. I don't necessarily believe them, though I'll be the first to admit that NOMS know all about 'increasing confusion, uncertainty and misreporting'. I'll be keeping an eye open for the new, revised, and error-free version being made available to the public.

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