THE CELL COMPANION 2018
Everyone’s Guide To Serving & Surviving A Prison Sentence!
With a Foreword by Paul Ferris: ‘The Wee Man’
Published October 2017 by Prisons org uk
Published Price £19.99 – serving prisoners £14.99 plus p&p
Almost 68,000 people went to prison last year, 344 died there, over 8,000 were recalled back there, 26,000 assaults happened there and over 40,000 acts of self-harm took place there: for both prisoners and staff, our prisons are less safe now than at any other time since records began – with more self-inflicted deaths, self-harm and assaults than ever before.
Surviving a prison sentence in today’s prison system is no easy task – and it is what the Cell Companion is all about.
Informed by those who have been there, and who came out the other side, it provides answers to questions other ‘experts’ can only guess at.
From reception to release, the book covers legal rights, housing, family, healthcare, personal injury, vulnerable prisoners, and it tackles the difficult issues too – like sex in prison, self-harm, avoiding gangs, extremism, the dangers of debt, bullying and the real danger of ‘legal highs’.
The Cell Companion provides valuable advice on simple things like just getting things done – how to make applications / complaints, accessing education, offending behaviour courses, the snakes & ladders IEP system, keeping fit, letters, visits, phone calls, recall, adjudications, and much more too.
Going to prison or already there, this is the book for you and your family, friends and legal advisers.
- Detailed A-Z of all prison establishments in England and Wales – View a typical establishment entry
- Prison Rules 1999 – updated to August 2017
- Prison Service Instructions list 2014-2017
- Comprehensive Regulations Index – An A-Z of over 300 prison subjects, from Access to Justice to Zoonotic Infections – and all the rules and regulations that apply to each one
- General Facilities List – the national list of what prisoners are allowed to have in possession depending on prison, security category, IEP level and volumetric controls
- Personal Injury: an authoritative tour by Michael Jefferies Personal Injury Solicitors of what to do if you get injured through no fault of your own.
- Short Sentences: how to keep your rented accommodation if you are serving a short sentence.
- Getting Things Done – a basic guide to how to make applications and complaints in prison.
- Your Property Inside: who is responsible if your property gets lost or stolen? How to complain and seek compensation if a prison or transport service loses your stuff.
- Debt Dangers: why it pays to steer clear of prison debt and bullying.
- The IEP System: an idiot’s guide to the levels and how to progress/keep your privileges.
- Education: tips on the best prison education and training courses, applying for education loans and grants for advanced study. How long do I have to be serving to qualify for degree level study?
- Nickings, Adjudications and How to Survive Them. A brief guide, including how to get legal advice and the McKenzie Friend rules.
- The Block and How to Survive Time in Segregation. What are your rights?
- Thinking of Appealing Your Conviction or Sentence? A brief guide and checklist, including advice on Legal Aid and the various phases (single judge, full court, CCRC).
- Maintaining Innocence After Conviction? What are the potential consequences, especially for lifers and IPPs?
- VPUs: what are they and who can apply to go ‘on the numbers’.
- A Basic Guide to ROTL: what is it, who is eligible and how does the process work?
- Prison Healthcare: Your legal rights and your options if things go wrong. Advice on making a complaint.
- Keeping Fit in Your Cell: basic exercises you can do on your own or with a cell mate during periods of bang-up.
- Healthy Eating in Your Cell: dietary advice and suggestions on how to keep off the weight. A few basic recipes for canteen cuisine.
- Self-harm: HMPPS guidelines & tips for coping with depression.
- Armed Forces Veteran: who qualifies for support and what extra help can I get? SAAFA, Royal British Legion, grants, education support.
- Sex in Prison: what are the rules? Don’t let yourself become a victim. Help from Healthcare. Sexually assaulted in jail: what are your options?
- Offending Behaviour Courses: what are they, can they really help and what are the potential consequences of refusing to participate? Including a guide to the current acronyms used by HMPPS.
- Everyday Life in a Cat-D: what is it really like to live and work in open conditions? Preparing yourself mentally for Cat-D.
- Family Matters: your family outside and how you can help them through your sentence. Keeping in touch. Phone calls. Letters. Visits. What to do in an emergency.
- Getting Out: a pre-release checklist. Accommodation, benefits, release grant, licence.
Bereavement while inside: coping & support if a family member dies while you are in prison. Applying to attend funerals etc.
Pad Mates: advice on how to share a cell with minimal grief & friction.
A brief guide to common prison slang.
“This book should be on every bed, in every pad, in the country”