The Prisons Handbook 2024


ISBN 978-1-7396323-1-1


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“An incredible reference book on Prisons; I keep a copy in my top drawer and I refer to it frequently.” 

Sir Martin Narey,

Director General HM Prison Service

The Prisons Handbook 2024

Discount Buying Options

There are three kinds of purchase depending on who you are buying for –

  • A serving inmate or registered charity;
  • Prison establishment library or member of staff; or
  • A member of the public.

If you’re buying for a prisoner and claim the inmate price discount all you have to do is

Enter the Prisoner’s Name, Prison Number and Prison Address as the ‘Delivery Address’ – and add your phone number so we can contact you in case of queries.

If you claim an inmate discount the book(s) must be sent by us to the prisoner direct (or you must pay the public price to have the book sent to you.

If you order at the inmate price and put your address as the delivery address the book will automatically be STOPPED until you either provide the inmate details or pay the public price difference to have the book sent to you.

What happens next?
We are Ministry of Justice Approved Book Retailers, so you can rest assured we know what we are doing.

Once you click on the appropriate ‘Buy’ button below you will next be taken to Romancart, our shopping cart agent, where details of your purchase will be displayed.

Once you are satisfied these details are correct, tick the box to agree to our terms and conditions page then click ‘Checkout’ and you will be taken through the secure payment process – all our online payments are processed by Stripe, our online payment agent and one of the world’s largest online secure payment gateways.

Your online security is very important to us – only Stripe has access to your payment card details; neither we nor Romancart have any access to them.

Once you have made the payment you will receive an email confirming your order (so make sure your email address is entered correctly) and we will email you once we have dispatched the book – all books are sent by tracked Royal Mail service, you will have the full tracking details and a link to the tracking web site.

Thank you for shopping with Prisons Org UK – and if you have any questions or queries at all, just email us and we will get right back to you – contact us here 

Buy for Inmate/Charity

£59.99 Inc p&p!



£59.99 Inc p&p!



£59.99 Inc p&p!


Frequently Asked Questions

Do we know what we’re doing?

Yes; we’ve been doing this for over 25 years and we are a Ministry of Justice Approved Book RetailerWhat Does Approved Book Retailer (ABR) Mean?
An ABR is a publisher/book retailer who has been approved by the Ministry of Justice as satisfying their criteria in terms of security and chain of custody - ensuring that from printer, through publisher/retailer, to prison there is no opportunity for their books to be tampered with - we guarantee that when the book arrives at the prison it has come directly from our securely held stock.
This means that our books are issued much faster as they are not subject to all the normal security measures that apply to books sent in by family and friends direct.

Will the prison accept the book?

Yes, as a Ministry of Justice Approved Book Retailer we have different secure methods for sending books into prisons so the establishments know they have come from us – for obvious security reasons we cannot disclose what these methods are but they ensure our books are issued with the minimum of fuss.

International Sales

The postage and packing prices are set by default to the mainland United Kingdom, however if you want the book(s) you have purchased to be sent outside of the UK, please study our international postage rates below and select the right rate during the check out process.

There are three rates, Europe, World Zone 1 (WZ1) and World Zone 2 (WZ2). Each of these postage methods are fully tracked and signed for on delivery, and when you select the appropriate Shipping rate during the check out process the correct postage and packing rates is automatically inserted.

Please note the delivery time scale for international – whatever the zone – is five to seven days.

If you are unsure which World Zone you are located in – check here >>

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What’s in the 2024 Edition?

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