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The Prisons Handbook 2021 – Contents

THE PRISONS HANDBOOK 2021Published: November 2020

ISBN 9781916082441

THE DEFINITIVE 1,600 PAGE ANNUAL GUIDE TO THE PRISON SYSTEM OF ENGLAND AND WALES

With a Foreword by Michael Spurr – Chief Executive of HM Prison and Probation Service 2010-2019

22nd ANNUAL EDITION

WHAT’S IN THE 2021 EDITION?

(Note as the book is in the final stages of production what is shown below will be in the 2021 edition, but there may be additional things too we are hoping to include)

A-Z OF PRISONS: OVER 900 PAGES!
Section One is over 900 pages and consists of an A-Z of prisons in England and Wales, using all the latest truly independent inspection reports published by the Prisons Inspectorate, Independent Monitoring Boards and responses from each prison as the basis for each entry.

Section One also contains, Prison Performance Ratings 2019/2020, details of current Governing Governors, current Costs per Prisoner Place, details of Private Prison providers and information on all other prisons in the UK.

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FROM RECEPTION TO RELEASE
Section Two of the Handbook contains 26 comprehensive advice chapters, right up to date with the latest Policy Frameworks, Section two authoritatively spans reception through to release; covering:
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; 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.

THE DIRECTORY
Section Three contains details of Government & Statutory Agencies, such as the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison & Probation Service, and many more.

THE LEGAL SECTION – OVER 150 PAGES OF PRISON LAW WRITTEN BY EXPERTS FROM A-Z
Section Four is completely revised and updated to September 2020 by the Barristers of the Crime & Prison Law Team at 1 Pump Court Chambers in London. The A-Z tour of prison law gives an authoritative account of the legal rights of prisoners and legislation applicable to prisoners. From Access to Justice, through to Zoonotic Infections, the Team at 1 Pump Court have done a magnificent job and has produced a definitive guide to prison law that brings together all the relevant rules and regulations in an easy to understand way that will be essential reading for prisoners and their lawyers alike. Also completely new for this edition is an authoritative section on the subject of criminal appeals.

Section Five: FORUM – Something to Say?

  1. Expecting Prisons to Reform Offenders is a Pipe Dream: Sir Martin Narey
  2. The Covid Changing Face of the Parole Board: Martin Jones, Chief Executive: Parole Board for England and Wales
  3. How to use the Freedom of Information Act to your best advantage – Paul Gibbons (and get 30% 0ff his book!)
  4. Life after Long-Term: David and Kelly share their true story of the post-release ups and downs of life together after long term imprisonment
  5. A new trade union for criminal justice system workers – the end of the POA? Mike Rolfe, General Secretary Criminal Justice Workers Union

Section Six: INSPECTION REPORTS AND MORE
The first chapter in Section 6 details the Prisons Inspectorate – whose inspection reports have again been used as the truly independent basis for each establishment entry in section one.
Also here are the Annual Reports of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service 2019/2020, Prisons Inspectorate Annual Report 2019/2020, and the annual report of Prisons and Probation Ombudsman 2019

Section Seven: PEOPLE AND POLICIES
Section 7 gives details of selected Parliamentary Questions and, for the first time, Freedom of Information Act requests and responses from the Ministry of Justice and HMPPS on prisons in the last 12 months. This section also contains details of Deaths in Prison Service Custody 1990-2020, details of all the new Policy Frameworks (including that on restrictions on prisoner voting issued 22nd August 2020) that are replacing Prison Service Orders and Instructions; Staff Awards & Prizes

PRISON SERVICE STAFF
Section Eight: This innovative section has been completely updated, providing the latest information on staffing, the role of officers and governors and it also sets out for the first time the Core Curriculum of the Prison Officer Entry Level Training Course – POELT. It includes details of the Prison Service Pay Review Body Report 2020-2021 and the Government response to it issued on 21st July 2020.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS
Every day in prisons up and down the country prisoners in prison receptions will be asking questions. What’s it like here? What are the visits like? What Gangs are there on the Wings? Is there any work available, and what are the wages like? What are the cells like? What about the food? Is it true they have a drug detox wing here? What is the doctor like? Can I see a dentist while I’m here, and is there a waiting list? When can we use the phones, and are there Family Visits? Does the prison shop use a bagging system, when do we get canteen? Are the IMB any good? Who are the IMB? Is there a church service for Muslims? When is it? Is there a gymnasium? When can we use it? Who is the Governor? What about disciplinary adjudications; are they fair? How long will I be locked up on weekdays? What about weekends? When is exercise time and how long do we get? Can we wear our own clothes in here? Do they allow play stations: what about DVDs . . . ?

NOT JUST FOR PRISONERS
Thirty years ago when the Editor of this work was himself sitting in the prison reception at Wandsworth prison he listened as similar questions flowed back and forth, suddenly realising that these were the same questions he had asked on his arrival – and would shortly be doing so again, in the prison to which he was then bound. In prison receptions across the country these questions were the only way the prisoner could discover what was in store for him (or, increasingly, for her) at a new establishment; and relatives and friends were in an even worse position. Unless they know someone who has been inside a particular prison, it is unlikely they would know anything about the place to which their loved one has been sent – the information provided on Government websites is hopelessly out of date and is renown for being completely unreliable.

Prison staff who move around the country frequently are also able to make use of the information, as are lawyers, courts, police liaison officers, Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, advice workers, probation officers, penal reform groups, students, social workers and many other people whose work brings them into contact with the penal system. Providing information for our 79,000+ prisoners in England and Wales-and the half a million others who make up their families, friends, advisers and campaigners-is what The Prisons Handbook – ad its updating site https://prisonoracle.com  is all about.

THE PRISONS HANDBOOK 2021
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SECTION ONE – OVER 900 PAGES! The most comprehensive A-Z of information on every Prison and YOI in the country, HMP Altcourse to HMP Wymott and from the publisher that experts trust!

SECTION TWO
252 PAGES OF ADVICE ON
  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
  7. Prison Disciplinary System
  8. Who Can Help?
  9. Healthcare
  10. Religion
  11. Equality: Age, Gender, Race
  12. Social Security & Discharge Grants
  13. Release and Recall
  14. Indeterminate Sentences
  15. Women Prisoners
  16. Young Adults (18-21)
  17. Young People (15-17)
  18. Foreign Nationals
  19. Disability in Prison
  20. Employment, Training & Skills
  21. Work and Pay
  22. Incentives Earned Privileges (New July 2019 system!)
  23. Marriage & Civil Partnerships
  24. Elderly Prisoners
  25. Segregation
  26. Security Categorisation
SECTION 3 – DIRECTORY
  1. Contact details for relevant Government & Statutory Agencies, such as the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison & Probation Service
SECTION 4 – LEGAL
  1. A-Z of 400 prison law subjects, from Access to Justice through to Zoonotic infections, right up to date and written by Prison Law Barristers at 1 Pump Court!
SECTION 5 – FORUM: Something to Say?
  1. Expecting Prisons to Reform Offenders is a Pipe Dream: Sir Martin Narey
  2. The Covid Changing Face of the Parole Board: Martin Jones, Chief Executive: Parole Board for England and Wales
  3. How to use the Freedom of Information Act to your best advantage – Paul Gibbons (and get 30% 0ff his book!)
  4. Life after Long-Term: David and Kelly share their true story of the post-release ups and downs of life together after long term imprisonment
  5. A new trade union for criminal justice system workers: is this the end of the POA? Mike Rolfe, General Secretary, Criminal Justice Workers Union

 

SECTION 6 – REPORTS Annual Reports from prison organisations

  1. Introduction to the Prisons Inspectorate
  2. HM Prison & Probation Service Annual Report 2019/2020
  3. Prison & Probation Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2019
  4. HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Annual Report 2019/2020
SECTION 7 – ANNEXES A section providing information on people, policies, facts and figures
  1. Parliamentary Questions
  2. Freedom of Information requests and replies
  3. Deaths in Prison Service Custody 1990-2020
  4. Current Prison Service Instructions
  5. Current Prison Service Orders
  6. Ministry of Justice Policy Frameworks (correct to September 2020)
  7. Staff Awards & Prizes 2019 (updated to September 2020)
  8. Basic Custody Screening Tool
SECTION 8 – PRISON STAFF 2019/2020
  1. OFFICERS & GOVERNORS
  2. Officers – ARC & Entry Level Training
  3. Governors – Senior Leadership Scheme
  4. Promotion – from bottom to top
  5. HMPPS Workforce Statistics 2020
  6. Staff Equalities Report 2019
  7. Pay Scales – new Prison Service Pay Review Body Report and Government Response (published 21st July 2020)
  8. POELT Core Curriculum
PRISONS IN A NUTSHELL
  1. The Prison Estate
  2. THE HMPPS Estate 2019/2020
  3. Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions
  4. Immigration Removal Centres
  5. Secure Training Centres
  6. Types of Prison Institutions
  7. Adult male prisons
  8. Adult female prisons
  9. Prisons for young offenders
  10. Private sector prisons
  11. Private Prisons: By Name, Operator, Task, Population and Contract Expiry Date.
  12. Characteristics
  13. Current Government policy
  14. Living conditions
  15. Assessments by Prisons Inspectorate
  16. Measuring accommodation standards
  17. Certified Accommodation
  18. HMPPS audits
  19. Maintenance of prisons
  20. History of private sector involvement in prison maintenance
  21. Maintenance contracts.
  22. Costs
  23. Prison Estate Transformation Programme PETP
  24. Background to the PETP
  25. 10,000 prison places
  26. Investment in prison estate
  27. Simplifying and reorganising the estate
  28. Map of Establishments 2020
  29. List of Governing Governors 2020
  30. Private Sector Prisons
  31. Other UK Prison Addresses
  32. Mark Leech Biography
  33. Prisoner Location Service
  34. HMPPS Contact Details
  35. Ministry of Justice
  36. Dedication:
  37. Acknowledgements
  38. Foreword, Michael Spurr CB
  39. Editorial: COVID and the welcome technology by-product
  40. Personal Views:
  41. Directory of Service Specifications
  42. Glossary of Terms
  43. Offender Management Statistics
Index
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