Enhanced Membership

£2.49 a week (paid quarterly) – less than the cost of a coffee a week!

“An Excellent Site” – Michael Spurr CEO HMPPS 2010-2019

Our Enhanced Membership Plan is our Best Value plan 

Costing less than one cup of coffee a week!

It gives you access to 44,000 pages, updated daily, including the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on all 118 Prisons and Young Offender Institutions in England and Wales, including the latest IMB and HMIP Inspection Reports, fatal incident reports on those who have died in this prison – all immediately on publication – and in addition you get all this too….


260 pages of up-to-date explanations of the current policies on:

1 Early Days in Custody

2 Offending Behaviour Programmes

3 Criminal Cases Review Commission

4 Requests and Complaints

5 Letters, Visits, Phone Calls

6 Drugs and Alcohol

7 Prison Disciplinary System

8 Support – Who Can Help?

9 Healthcare rights

10 Religion

11 Equality Age, Gender, Disability & Race

12 Social Security & Discharge Grants

13 Release & Recall Rights

14 Indeterminate Sentences

15 Women Prisoners

16 Young Adults (18-20)

17 Young People (15-17)

18 Foreign Nationals

19 Disability in Prison

20 Employment, Training & Skills

21 Work & Pay

22 Incentives & Earned Privileges

23 Getting Married in Prison

24 Elderly Prisoners

25 Segregation



Articles and opinion on prison issues by experts in their field

The View From Here

  • TACT Offenders: Where we must go from here
  • Exit Ahead: Do you know how vital Exits are to spot and not ignore?
  • Full ‘Bombshell’ Speech: Expecting Prisons to Reduce Crime is a Pipedream says Former Prisons Chief
  • Strangeways: The Day The Roof Blew off – 30 years later why are we risking it again?
  • Striking: The Right Balance
  • POA Fined £210,000: It’s Time Now for a Real Fresh Start
  • Asking Prisons to Reduce Crime is like asking A&E Departments to Reduce Road Accidents – then Blaming Doctors when Cars Continue to Crash
  • Prisons Ombudsman – 4th edition of The Investigator: “she’s doing her best, bless her”
  • Can ‘Cell Confessions’ Ever Be Beyond Reasonable Doubt?
  • ‘Discharged: Dead’ – Deaths in Custody and the Scandal of Ignorance
  • Watching The Prison Watchdogs
  • The Government’s Plans for Competition in Prisons
  • Helen’s Law: What happens when Juries believe a liar?
  • Using your Right to Know – How to make Freedom of Information Requests



This Section is about prison staff, how to join, prepare for interview, go through training, details of the Prison Officer Entry level Training (POELT) Course, and for those who wish to advance we set out details of the Senior Leaders Scheme and what is required for a Band 3 Prison Officer to rise through each of the ranks to become a Band 11 Governing Governor.



Details of independent ‘Watchdog’ organisations that have a duty to Inspect and Monitor prisons and probation, Resolve prisoner issues, or inspect and report on other aspects of the criminal justice system – with instant access to all their reports

Criminal Justice Joint Inspections – over 200 Joint Inspection Reports, from 2000 to 2019

HM CPS Inspectorate – 350 Inspection reports divided into: Area Assurance, Area, Annual and Audit, and Ad Hoc Reports

IMB – over 1,100 Independent Monitoring Board Annual Reports on every prison and YOI in the country, from 2009 to 2019

NAO – National Audit Office reports on prisons – from 2000 to the present day

NPM – Key Documents and details of all 21 statutory organisations that make up the National Preventive Mechanism

PPO – over 2,200 death in custody reports, listed by establishment and name of the deceased from 2007 to 2019 – you won’t find this anywhere else

HM Prisons Inspectorate – over 800 prison and YOI inspection reports- and their Thematic reviews too, from 2005 to 2019

HM Probation Inspectorate – over 1,500 Probation Inspectorate reports – and their Thematic Reviews too



Breaking News on prisons as it happens

Latest Rules, Reports & Policies as they are issued



The law relating to prisoners is highly complex, their rights depend to a large part on their status as remand or convicted prisoners, as adults or young offenders, whether they are male or female – or transgendered – and that is without considering their sentence length or security categorisation. This section examines prisoners and the law giving you instant access to 400 Prison Law subjects, in A-Z format from ‘Access to Justice’ to ‘Zoonotic Infections, and instant access to over 1,400 court judgments in legal cases brought both by prisoners and officers.



Fed up with searching for CCRC cases referred to the Court of Appeal, the case details, why they were referred and the outcome of the case? Well now you don’t have to – it’s all here on our full CCRC Database of over 400 cases.



Containing almost 1,000 Published Reports and Evidential Correspondence from the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee, from Parliamentary Sessions 2019-2020 for every year right back to 2002-2003



Containing Press Releases issued by

G4S – the private prison company going back to 2009

HM Prison & Probation Service going back to 2014

Ministry of Justice – over 1,500 press releases, going back to 2009, a decade of News items, Appointments, Speeches and Publications – each split into their own section

Parole Board – this now has all Parole Board press releases going back to 2013

Prisons & Probation Ombudsman – containing almost 100 ‘Learning Lessons Bulletins’ and Media releases, and our PPO Deaths in Custody Database carries over 2,300 of the PPO’s Fatal Incident Reports, set out by year, and by individual establishment, and by the name of the deceased – something you do not get anywhere else.

Probation Inspectorate – over 640 press releases, from 2013 to the present day

Serco – press release by the private prison company Serco

Sodexo – press release by the private prison company Sodexo



1,100 Individual Prison Monitoring Reports

800 Prison Inspection Reports

2,300 Death in Custody Investigations

5,000 Parliamentary Questions & Answers on prisons

3,000 Freedom of Information releases on Prisons

Annual Reports from 2005-current for:

Ministry of Justice

HM Prison & Probation Service (NOMS pre-2017)

HM Prisons Inspectorate

HM Probation Inspectorate

The Parole Board

The Prisons & Probation Ombudsman

Independent Monitoring Board (National)

National Preventive Mechanism

Government Facility Services Ltd

Instant access to Statutory Inspectorate Databases

Criminal Justice Joint Inspection Reports Database

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

HMCPSI Reports Database

HMCPSI Thematic Reviews

Independent Monitoring Boards

IMB Annual Reports Database

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

Deaths in Custody Full Reports Database

All Deaths listed by Establishment

Deaths in Custody 1990-2019 Table

Deaths in Custody This Month

Deaths in Custody 2019

Deaths in Custody 2018

Deaths in Custody 2017

Deaths in Custody 2016

Deaths in Custody 2015

Deaths in Custody 2014

Prison Service Instructions – 1997-current

Prison Service Orders 1997-current

Ministry of Justice Policy Frameworks 2019

HM.Prisons Inspectorate Reports 2005-current

HM.Probation Inspectorate Reports 2005-current

Statutory Corporate Reports

Annual Prison Staff Equalities Reports 2013-current

Annual Prison Statistics Digests 2013-current

Public Protection Annual Reports 2013-current

Prison Service Specifications 2013-current

Offender Management Statistics 2010-current

Prison Estate Transformation Programme (PETP)

Prison Population 2010-current

Research Briefings 2012-current

Safety in Custody Quarterly Bulletins 2013-current

Workforce Quarterly Bulletins 2013-current

Youth Justice Reports 2012-current


CONVERSE the largest circulation national monthly prisons newspaper, and the only one edited and published 100% by reformed offenders is available online to Enhanced and Corporate subscribers of The Prison Oracle



Instant access to over 300 Prison Service Instructions, Orders, and Policy Frameworks that are currently in force – other sites that show these are rarely kept right up to date, showing rules and regulations that are no longer in force – whereas ours is updated daily



Instant access to valuable research publications:

The State of The Prisons: John Howard (1777)

Prison Commissioners: First 20 years, 4,500 pages of the origins of the modern prison system

Prison Commissioners Database

English Prisons Today 1922

English Prisons Under Local Government 1922

The Du Parcq Report 1932

The Mountbatten Report 1966

The Radzinowicz Report 1968

The May Report 1979

The Woolf Report 1991

The Wymott Prison Riot 1993

The Woodcock Report 1995

The Learmont Report 1994

The Carter Report 2003

The Corston Report 2007

The IMB Karen Page Report 2014

The Harris Review Report 2015

The Farmer Report For Men – Family Ties 2017

The Farmer Report for Women – Family Ties 2019

Farmer Report Update October 2019



List of current Governors for all prisons and YOIs



Expert explanation by Michael Jefferies, solicitor and Chairman of the Prison Injury Lawyers Association on the rights and routes to claim compensation for personal injury sustained in prison where the injury was caused by no fault of the person injured.

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