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The Prison Oracle is the definitive prisons website for prisons in England and Wales – now with over 10,000 members it is updated daily and gives you access to 44,000 pages, including the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on every single one of the 118 Prisons and Young Offender Institutions in England and Wales – check out an example prison page below – 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….

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118 Comprehensive entries for all Prisons and Young Offender Institutions in England and Wales

26 separate expertly written sections whose 300 pages span reception right through to release covering…

  1. Early Days in Custody
  2. Offending Behaviour Programmes
  3. Criminal Cases Review Commission
  4. Requests and Complaints
  5. Prisoner Communications
  6. Drugs and Alcohol in Prison Institutions
  7. The Prison Disciplinary System
  8. Support – Who Can Help?
  9. Healthcare
  10. Religion
  11. Equality Age, Gender, Disability & Race
  12. Social Security and Discharge Grants
  13. Release and Recall
  14. Indeterminate Sentences
  15. Women Prisoners
  16. Young Offenders (18-21 year olds)
  17. Young People (15-17 year olds)
  18. Foreign Nationals
  19. Disability in Prison
  20. Employment, Training & Skills
  21. Work and Pay
  22. Incentives and Earned Privileges
  23. Civil Partnerships & Equal Marriage
  24. Elderly Prisoners
  25. Segregation
  26. Security categorisation


  • 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.


Full 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 – and with instant access to all their past reports and future ones as soon as they become available. These Watchdogs include….

Criminal Justice Joint Inspections – over 200 Joint Inspection Reports, from 2000 to 2020

HM CPS Inspectorate – Crown Prosecution Inspectorate and all their inspection reports

IMB – over 1,00 Independent Monitoring Board Annual Reports on every prison and YOI in the country, from 2009 to 2020, divided into easily accessible sections

  • IMB Annual Reports 2020
  • Quarterly IMB Annual Reports Summary
  • IMB Annual Reports Full Database
    • IMB Annual Reports 2019
    • IMB Annual Reports 2018
    • IMB Annual Reports 2017
    • IMB Annual Reports 2016
    • IMB Annual Reports 2015
    • IMB Annual Reports 2014
    • IMB Annual Reports 2013
    • IMB Annual Reports 2012
    • IMB Annual Reports 2011
    • IMB Annual Reports 2010

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

Prison and Probation Ombudsman – over 2,300 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 with daily emails that keep you right up to date along with the latest Rules, Reports & Policies as they are issued


The law relating to prisoners is highly complex and in this Covid19 period they are changing daily. Prisoners’ 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

FACTS & FIGURES 2000/2020


Awards & Prizes

Banged Up Abroad: Packs

Basic Custody Screening Tool

Community Performance Quarterly

Cost per Prisoner Place 2015-present

Counter Terrorism Statistics

Crime Statistics

Criminal Justice Quarterly

Civil Justice Quarterly

Deaths of Offenders in the Community

Forthcoming Publications

Freedom of Information Act Releases

Freedom of Information Act Database

Freedom of Information Act Database 2005-2012

Guidance Database

HMPPS Annual Offender Equalities

HMPPS Other Corporate Reports

HMPPS Annual Staff Equalities

Justice Data Lab Stats

HMPPS Annual Digest

Crime and Knife Crime Sentencing Database

Legal Aid Statistics Database

MAPPA Annual Reports

MAPPA Policies, Papers & More

MOJ Service Specifications

Offender Management Statistics 2010-present

Parliamentary Questions

Parole Board

Parole Board – Reconsideration Mechanism

Payment by Results statistics

Prison Performance Ratings

Prison Population 2010 to Present

Prison Estate

Probation Reform

Proven Reoffending 2009-Present

Proven Reoffending Tables 2000-2011

Race and the Criminal Justice System

Research Briefings

Safety in Custody Quarterly Bulletin

Serious Further Offences

Secure video calls with prisoners


Violence Reduction

Women and the Criminal Justice System

Workforce Quarterly Bulletin

MOJ Workforce Annual Monitoring

YJB Reports

Youth Justice Reports

Youth Justice Statistics from 2008

1,300 Individual Prison Monitoring Reports

900 Prison Inspection Reports

2,400 Death in Custody Investigations

6,000 Parliamentary Questions & Answers on prisons

4000 Freedom of Information releases on Prisons

Annual Reports from 2005 to the present day from:

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

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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