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The Prisons Handbook 2021 – Contents


THE PRISONS HANDBOOK 2021Published: November 2020

ISBN 9781916082441


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

Dedicated to: Dr Ruth Mann – A giant in the world of Forensic Psychology who died in April 2020, written by Dr Rosie Travers and Dr Fiona Williams


WHAT’S IN THE 2021 EDITION? – Jump to full contents

Section One is over NINE HUNDRED 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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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.

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.

Section Five 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. Covid: Changing the face of the Parole Board. Martin Jones, Chief Executive of the Parole Board
  2. What Life Is Like After Long Term Imprisonment. Kelly Ball and David Breakspear
  3. Criminal Justice Workers Union – Enlightened New Kid On The Block. Mike Rolfe, National executive, Criminal Justice Workers Union

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 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

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.

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 . . . ?

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 – and its updating site  is all about.




Preface: Prisons in a Nutshell 2021

Introduction, 7

A: Understanding the UK prison estate
1 The HMPPS estate
2 Types of prison institutions
Adult male prisons, Local prisons, Open prisons, Adult female prisons, Prisons for young offenders
3. Private sector prisons
Private Prisons: By Name, Operator, Task, Population and Contract Expiry Date
Current Government policy
Opposition & Comment
B. The Public Accounts Committee Report: September 2020
1. Summary
2 Conclusions and recommendations (1-6)
C. Maintaining the prison estate
The 2015 spending review settlement (3)
Living conditions within prisons (7)
Facilities management in the prison estate (12)
The female prison estate (17)
D. Responding to demands on the prison estate
Crowding within the prison estate (23)
The impact of COVID-19 (26)
Future demand for prison places (30)
Reducing reoffending (33)
References (37)
E. COVID-19: National Framework for Prison Regimes and Services
F. A Smarter Approach to Sentencing
Map of Prison Service Establishments 2021, 29 – 32
Governing Governors, 33
Private Sector Prison Providers, 34
Other UK Prison Addresses, 34
Mark Leech Biography, 43
Prisoner Location Service, 44
HMPPS Contact Details, 44
Ministry of Justice Press Office, 44
Dedication, Dr Ruth Mann Ph.D, 44
Foreword, Michael Spurr, CB, 46
Acknowledgements, 48
Editorial: Mark Leech – Mission Impossible, 48
Introduction, 51
MOJ Directory of Service Specifications, 53
Glossary of Terms, 54
Offender Management Statistics, 58


SECTION ONE – OVER 900 PAGES! The most comprehensive A-Z of information on every Prison and YOI in the country from Altcourse to HMP Wymott from the publisher the experts trust, 63 – 976


2.1 Early days in Custody, 977
2.2 Offending Behaviour Programmes, 1009
2.3 Criminal Cases Review Commission, 1012
2.4 Requests and Complaints, 1018
2.5 Prisoner Communications, 1029
2.6 Drugs and Alcohol in Prison, 1044
2.7 The Prison Disciplinary System, 1047
2.8 Who Can Help? 1060
2.9 Healthcare, 1064
2.10 Religion, 1073
2.11 Equality: Age, Gender, Disability & Race, 1082
2.12 Social Security and Discharge Grants, 1085
2.13 Release and Recall, 1088
2.14 Indeterminate Sentences, 1130
2.15 Women Prisoners, 1138
2.16 Young Offenders (18-21 year olds), 1148
2.17 Young People (15-17 year olds), 1155
2.18 Foreign Nationals, 1160
2.19 Disability in Prison, 1166
2.20 Employment, Training & Skills, 1170
2.21 Work and Pay, 1175
2.22 Incentives and Earned Privileges, 1183
2.23 Civil Partnerships & Equal Marriage, 1196
2.24 Elderly Prisoners, 1200
2.25 Segregation, 1202
2.26 Security Categorisation, 1233



Contact details for relevant Government & Statutory Agencies, such as the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison & Probation Service, 1245
SECTION 4 – LEGAL – 150 pages

4.1 Prisoners & The Law: A-Z of 400 prison law subjects, from Access to Justice through to Zoonotic infections, 1251
4.2 Covid-19 and the Prison & YOI Rules, 1252
4.3 Prison & YOI Rules, 1253
4.4 A-Z Subject Index, 1254
4.5 Appeals, 1375
4.6 Web sites of interest, 1400


SECTION 5 – FORUM: Something to Say?

Covid: Changing the face of the Parole Board. Martin Jones, CEO, Parole Board England & Wales, 1403
Life After Long Term Imprisonment. Kelly Ball and David Breakspear, 1404
Criminal Justice Workers Union – enlightened new kid on the block. Mike Rolfe, 1408


SECTION 6 – REPORTS Annual Reports from prison organisations

6.1 Introduction to the Prisons Inspectorate, 1411
6.2.1 HM Prison & Probation Service Annual Report 2019/2020, 1414
6.2.2 Prison & Probation Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2019/2020, 1414
6.2.3 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Annual Report 2019/2020, 1414 Short Scrutiny Visit Reports 2020, 1415


SECTION 7 – ANNEXES A section providing information on people, policies, facts and figures

7.1 Parliamentary Questions, 1417
7.2 Freedom of Information, 1434
7.3 Deaths in Prison Service Custody 1990-2020, 1448
7.4 Prison Service Instructions, Orders & Ministry of Justice Policy Frameworks, 1451
7.5 Staff Awards & Prizes 2019/2020, 1469
7.6 Basic Custody Screening Tool, 1473



1. Officers – ARC & Entry Level Training, 1489
2. Governors – Senior Leadership Scheme, 1493
3. Promotion – from bottom to top, 1493
4. HMPPS Workforce Statistics 2019, 1494
4. Staff Equalities Report 2018/2019, 1502
4. POELT Core Curriculum, 1505
5. Pay Scales, 1519

Index, 1535

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