The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue March 2012
I am a lifer who has served 16 years and have now arrived at a D cat establishment. I am now entitled to ROTLs but despite repeated enquiries no one here seems to know what, if any, funding grants I am entitled to apply for. As I cannot find any written official information about funding for ROTLs for lifers I do not know where I stand. I do not feel I can impose on my family for funding in these financially turbulent times and anyway I do not see why my family, after I’ve been in prison for 16 years, should have to now fund my resettlement. The prison has also told me that I need a mobile phone so as to be contactable in an emergency, but where am I supposed to get the money for this on £9 per week? So can you please supply me with information regarding what official options are open to me. Thank you
Offender Management and Public Protection Group
Sent to NOMS 11-1-12, reply received 13-2-12
I should first explain that this information is available at the establishment with a wealth of expertise in the staffing group at Blantyre House. The Information Advice and Guidance personnel are able to offer advice on a daily basis. The establishment also offer a separate Governor’s loan scheme for cases such as Mr Forde’s, he need only apply.
However, I can offer the following information: Blantyre House renewed and published their ROTL policy in August last year. This is in line with Prison Service Order PSO) 6300. Please see the table.
If working out in the community and earning at least the minimum wage, prisoners are expected to meet the cost of travel to work and of any necessary meals. They are also expected to meet a reasonable proportion of the costs for all other temporary releases, except those special purpose releases listed above. If they are able to establish that this arrangement will cause undue hardship, the Governor may consider an appropriate level of assistance.
If prisoners are not in paid work and are away from the establishment they will be provided with a suitable packed lunch. If they refuse to accept this, they will be expected to pay for them own meals.
Comments about this letter
5/3/2012 keith -I arrived at HMP Kirklevington Grange (D Cat) in March 2009, i was eligible for my ROTLs from August of that year, Lifers are able to put in for Subs and Fares, which was £7.10, this paid for an all day bus ticket with a few quid to get refreshments during the day, if a Lifer was going to (for example) Leeds, then they can put in for a Travel Warrant, which covered the return ticket
5/3/2012 ErrolI feel for Barrys plight but what brought a smile to my face is all this fuss about prisoners and mobiles then they demand he buys one
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