THE DEFINITIVE 1,600 PAGE ANNUAL GUIDE TO THE PRISON SYSTEM OF ENGLAND AND WALES
THE PRISONS HANDBOOK 2021 – Published: November 2020
22nd ANNUAL EDITION
WHAT’S IN THE 2019/2020 EDITION?
A-Z OF PRISONS: OVER 830 PAGES!
Section One is over 830 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 2018/2019, 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 25 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.
Section Three contains details of Government & Statutory Agencies, such as the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison & Probation Service, and many more.
This section also lists almost 500 registered charities by name, website and email address which relate to prisons and offenders.
THE LEGAL SECTION – OVER 100 PAGES OF PRISON LAW WRITTEN BY EXPERTS FROM A-Z
Section Five is completely revised and updated to May 2019 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?
Deaths in Custody are a vexed issue. In ‘Discharged: Dead’ Mark Leech records his personal experience of one death in custody and he examines the failures of both the Prisons & Probation Ombudsman to implement their recommendations designed to reduce deaths in custody, and those of Independent Monitoring Boards who fail to record the implementation failures in their Annual Reports. He argues that all deaths of those in the custody of the State should be the subject of a public announcement; something that currently does not happen – as he says: ‘This is the United Kingdom, not North Korea.’
In his fascinating article ‘Watching The Prison Watchdogs’ former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and Parole Board Chair, Professor Nick Hardwick, examines whether the so-called ‘Prison Watchdogs’, could do more to prevent or resolve the current prison crisis by looking at the complex web of prison oversight that has developed in the UK over many years.
In ‘The Government’s Plans For Competition In Prisons’ Julian Le Vay, former Finance Director of HM Prison Service and Director of Competition for the National Offender Management Service, examines how realistic the delivery of recent political promises may be when they confront the reality of managing the prison system in his excellent contribution “The Government’s Plans for Competition in Prisons.” Getting access to information in prisons can be exceptionally difficult for prisoners, in a world where knowledge is power.
In ‘Using Your Right To Know: How To Make Freedom of Information Requests’ Paul Gibbons, former Records Manager for the Houses of Parliament and arguably the UK’s finest expert on the Freedom of Information Act, explains how to do it.
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 2018/2019 (issued 19th July 2019), Prisons Inspectorate Annual Report 2018/2019 (issued 18th July 2019), and the annual report of Prisons and Probation Ombudsman 2018, and the first National Annual IMB Report, published 5th June 2019 is also summarised.
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 1990-2019, details of all the new Policy Frameworks (including that on Transgender prisoners issued 22nd July 2019) that are replacing Prison Service Orders and Instructions; Staff Awards & Prizes – including Prison and Probation Officer of the Year Awards issued 4th July 2019, Butler Trust Awards 2019 and for the first time we set out the vital Basic Custody Screening Tool used by HMPPS to assess everyone who arrives in custody.
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 2019 issued on 21st July 2019.
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. 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 83,000+ 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 is all about.
- THE PRISONS HANDBOOK 2019/2020!
WHAT’S IN THE 2019/2020 EDITION
SECTION ONE – 835-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
- Early days in Custody
- Offending Behaviour Programmes
- Criminal Cases Review Commission
- Requests and Complaints
- Prisoner Communications
- Drugs and Alcohol in Prison
- Prison Disciplinary System
- Who Can Help?
- Equality: Age, Gender, Race
- Social Security & Discharge Grants
- Release and Recall
- Indeterminate Sentences
- Women Prisoners
- Young Adults (18-21)
- Young People (15-17)
- Foreign Nationals
- Disability in Prison
- Employment, Training & Skills
- Work and Pay
- Incentives Earned Privileges (New July 2019 system!)
- Marriage & Civil Partnerships
- Elderly Prisoners
- SegregationSECTION 3 – DIRECTORY
- Contact details for relevant Government & Statutory Agencies, such as the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison & Probation Service
- A-Z of almost 500 offender and prison related Registered CharitiesSECTION 4 – LEGAL
- 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?
- Discharged: Dead – the scandal of deaths in custody. Mark Leech
- Watching The Prison Watchdogs. Professor Nick Hardwick
- The Government’s Plans for Competition in Prisons Julian Le Vay
- How to make Freedom of Information Requests. Paul Gibbons
- Helen’s Law: What Happens When Juries Believe A Liar? Mark Leech
- SECTION 6 – REPORTS Annual Reports from prison organisations
- Introduction to the Prisons Inspectorate
- HM Prison & Probation Service Annual Report 2018/2019 (July 2019)
- Prison & Probation Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2018
- HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Annual Report 2018/2019 (July 2019)
- National Independent Monitoring Board Annual Report 2018 (June 2019)SECTION 7 – ANNEXES A section providing information on people, policies, facts and figures
- Parliamentary Questions
- Freedom of Information requests and replies
- Deaths in Prison Service Custody 1990-2019
- Current Prison Service Instructions
- Current Prison Service Orders
- Ministry of Justice Policy Frameworks (correct to 23 July 2019)
- Staff Awards & Prizes 2019 (updated to July 2019)
- Basic Custody Screening ToolSECTION 8 – PRISON STAFF 2019/2020
- OFFICERS & GOVERNORS
- Officers – ARC & Entry Level Training
- Governors – Senior Leadership Scheme
- Promotion – from bottom to top
- HMPPS Workforce Statistics 2019
- Staff Equalities Report 2018
- Pay Scales – new Prison Service Pay Review Body Report (published 21st July 2019)
- POELT Core CurriculumPRISONS IN A NUTSHELL
- The Prison Estate
- THE HMPPS Estate 2019/2020
- Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions
- Immigration Removal Centres
- Secure Training Centres
- Types of Prison Institutions
- Adult male prisons
- Adult female prisons
- Prisons for young offenders
- Private sector prisons
- Private Prisons: By Name, Operator, Task, Population and Contract Expiry Date.
- Current Government policy
- Living conditions
- Assessments by Prisons Inspectorate
- Measuring accommodation standards
- Certified Accommodation
- HMPPS audits
- Maintenance of prisons
- History of private sector involvement in prison maintenance
- Maintenance contracts.
- Prison Estate Transformation Programme PETP
- Background to the PETP
- 10,000 prison places
- Investment in prison estate
- Simplifying and reorganising the estate
- Map of Establishments 2019
- List of Governing Governors 2019
- Private Sector Prisons
- Other UK Prison Addresses
- Mark Leech Biography
- Prisoner Location Service
- HMPPS Contact Details
- Ministry of Justice
- Dedication, Michael Spurr CB, written by Phil Copple
- Foreword, Bob Neill MP, Chairman: Parliamentary Justice Select Committee
- Editorial: Inside Out: The Culture of Institutional Homophobia in HMPPS
- Personal Views:
- 1. Can’t You Take A Joke? Former Governing Governor & Area Manager, David Jones
- 2. ‘Homophobic Banter’ Former Senior Officer Peter Allen MBE MOJ
- Directory of Service Specifications
- Glossary of Terms
- Offender Management StatisticsIndex