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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

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

  • ENHANCED! Our Best Value package

  • Costing less than a cup of coffee a week, it gives you access to the most up-to-date, comprehensive information on all 118 Prisons and Young Offender Institutions – plus all of this too….
  • RECEPTION TO RELEASE. 100’s of pages of detailed, up-to-date policy information on:

  • Early Days in Custody

  • Offending Behaviour Programmes

  • Criminal Cases Review Commission

  • Requests and Complaints

  • Prisoner Communications

  • Drugs and Alcohol in Prison Institutions

  • The Prison Disciplinary System

  • Support – Who Can Help?

  • Healthcare

  • Religion

  • Equality Age, Gender, Disability & Race

  • Social Security and Discharge Grants

  • Release and Recall

  • Indeterminate Sentences

  • Women Prisoners

  • Young Offenders (18-21 year olds)

  • Young People (15-17 year olds)

  • Foreign Nationals

  • Disability in Prison

  • Employment, Training & Skills

  • Work and Pay

  • Incentives and Earned Privileges

  • Civil Partnerships & Equal Marriage

  • Elderly Prisoners

  • Segregation

  • Security categorisation

  • Repatriation to the UK (Post Brexit)

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE Articles and opinion on prison issues by experts in their field

  • PRISON STAFF

  • 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 Governors
  • WATCHDOGS

  • Independent bodies that have a duty to Inspect and Monitor the criminal justice system
  • Criminal Justice Joint Inspections – hundreds of Joint Inspection Reports, from 2000 to date
  • HM CPS Inspectorate – 350 Inspection reports divided into: Area Assurance, Area, Annual and Audit, and Ad Hoc Reports
  • IMB Reports – thousands of Independent Monitoring Board Annual Reports on every prison and YOI in the country, from 2009 to date
  • NPM Reports– Key Documents and details of all 21 statutory organisations that make up the National Preventive Mechanism
  • PPO Reports – thousands of death in custody reports, fully cross-referenced you won’t find anywhere else and right up to date
  • HM Prisons Inspectorate Reports – over 1,00 prison and YOI inspection reports- and their Thematic Reviews too, from 2005 to date
  • HM Probation Inspectorate Reports – over 1,500 Probation Inspectorate reports – and their Thematic Reviews too right up to date
  • NEWS DESK Breaking News on prisons as it happens Latest Rules, Reports & Policies as they are issued

  • PRISONERS & THE LAW 2021

  • The law relating to prisoners is complex, their rights depend on their status as remand or convicted prisoners, as adults or young offenders,  male or female – or transgendered – and also their sentence length and security categorisation. This section, edited by prison law Barristers, examines prisoners and the law and gives you:
  • Prisons Legal Cases Database – Instant access to over 1,400 court judgments in legal cases brought both by prisoners and officers.
  • Introduction to the Law & Prisoners rights
  • A-Z Subject Index- Instant access to 400 Prison Law subjects, in A-Z format from ‘Access to Justice’ to ‘Zoonotic Infections
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Prisons Legal Cases Database

  • The Sentencing Act 2020

  • Introduction to the Law & Prisoners

  • Prison Rules 1999 (Correct to date)

  • A-Z Index of over 400 prison law subjects

  • Parole Board Rules 2019 (Correct to date)

  • Appeals

  • Websites of Interest

  • Young Offender Institution Rules 2000 (Correct to date)

  • CRIMINAL CASES REVIEW COMMISSION DATABASE

  • 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.
  • PARLIAMENTARY JUSTICE SELECT COMMITTEE

  • Containing almost 1,000 Published Reports and Evidential Correspondence from the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee, from Parliamentary Sessions for every year right back to 2002-2003
  • PRESS RELEASE DATABASE 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
  • Parole Board – all Parole Board press releases going back to 2013
  • Prisons & Probation Ombudsman – containing almost 100 ‘Learning Lessons Bulletins’ and Media releases, and our 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 650 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 

  • Anti-corruption

  • 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

  • Forthcoming Publications

  • Freedom of Information Act Releases

  • Freedom of Information Act Database

  • Freedom of Information Act Database 2005-2012

  • Guidance Database

  • Healthcare in Prison

  • HMPPS Annual Digest

  • HMPPS Annual Offender Equalities

  • HMPPS Other Corporate Reports

  • HMPPS Annual Staff Equalities

  • Incident Management

  • Knife and Crime Sentencing Database

  • Legal Aid Statistics Database

  • Justice Data Lab Stats

  • Law Commission 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 – Final

  • 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

  • Regional Reducing Reoffending Plans

  • Research Briefings

  • Safety in Custody Quarterly Bulletin

  • Safety in the children and young people secure estate

  • Secure video calls with prisoners

  • Serious Further Offences

  • Terrorism

  • 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

  • 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 – and our archives back to 2007 too!
  • INSTRUCTIONS, ORDER AND POLICY FRAMEWORKS

  • Instant access to all Prison Service Instructions, Orders, and Policy Frameworks that are currently in force – updated daily
  • RESEARCH REPORTS & VINTAGE PUBLICATIONS

  • Instant access to valuable research publications:
  • The Prisons Handbook 2022

  • The Cell Companion 2021

  • Prison Law Index 2021

  • Converse Newspaper

  • Converse Archive

  • Vintage & Valuable Publications

  • The State of The Prisons: John Howard (1777)

  • Prison Commissioners: First 20 years

  • Prison Commissioners Database

  • The Punishment and Prevention of Crime 1885

  • English Prisons Today 1922

  • English Prisons Under Local Government 1922

  • Penal Discipline 1922

  • The Du Parcq Report 1932

  • The Mountbatten Report 1966

  • The Radzinowicz Report 1968

  • The May Report 1979

  • Frightened For My Life – An Account of Deaths in British Prisons 1982

  • The Maze Prison Escape 1983

  • Managing The Long-Term Prison Population 1984

  • The Woolf Report 1991

  • The Wymott Prison Riot 1993

  • The Learmont Report 1994

  • The Woodcock Report 1995

  • The Carter Report 2003

  • The Zahid Mubarek Report 2006 Vol 1

  • The Zahid Mubarek Report 2006 Vol 2

  • The Corston Report 2007

  • The Bradley Report 2009

  • The IMB Karen Page Report 2014

  • The Harris Review Report 2015

  • The Farmer Report For Men 2017

  • The Lammy Report 2017

  • Mental Health in Prisons Report 2017

  • The Farmer Report for Women 2019

  • Farmer Report Update

  • Black Drugs Review Report 2020

  • Black Drugs Review Report 2021

  • GOVERNING GOVERNORS

  • Current list of Governing Governors for all prisons and YOIs
  • PERSONAL INJURY IN PRISON

  • With violence in prisons at record levels we make this important section free to all – an expert explanation of personal injury in prison by Michael Jefferies, solicitor and Chairman of the Prison Injury Lawyers Association writes on 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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