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

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

22nd ANNUAL EDITION

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

(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 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 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.
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 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

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 – and its updating site https://prisonoracle.com  is all about.

THE PRISONS HANDBOOK 2021
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PREFACE
  1. Prisons in a Nutshell 2021.
  2. Understanding the UK prison estate.
  3. The HMPPS estate
  4. Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions
  5. Immigration Removal Centres
  6. Secure Training Centres
  7. Types of prison institutions
  8. Adult male prisons
  9. Adult female prisons
  10. Prisons for young offenders
  11. Private sector prisons
  12. Private Prisons: By Name, Operator, Task
  13. Population and Contract Expiry Date
  14. Characteristics
  15. Current Government policy – four new prisons
  16. Opposition & Comment
  17. The Public Accounts Committee Report: September 2020
  18. Summary
  19. Conclusions and recommendations (1-6)
  20. Maintaining the prison estate
  21. The 2015 spending review settlement and its consequences
  22. Living conditions within prisons
  23. Facilities management in the prison estate
  24. The female prison estate
  25. Responding to demands on the prison estate
  26. Crowding within the prison estate
  27. The impact of COVID-19
  28. Future demand for prison places
  29. Reducing reoffending
  30. COVID-19: National Framework for Prison Regimes and Services
  31. White Paper: A Smarter Approach to Sentencing
  32. Map of Prison Service Establishments 2021
  33. Governing Governors
  34. Other UK Prison Addresses
  35. Mark Leech Biography
  36. HMPPS Contact details
  37. Ministry of Justice Press Office
  38. Contents
  39. Dedication, Dr Ruth Mann, written by Dr Rosie Travers & Dr Fiona Williams
  40. Acknowledgements
  41. Foreword, Michael Spurr, CB
  42. Parliamentary Justice Select Committee
  43. Editorial: Covid-19 and Prisons: The Sadness and the Silver Lining. Mark Leech
  44. Introduction
  45. MOJ directory of Service Specifications
  46. Glossary of terms
  47. Offender Management Statistics
SECTION ONE835-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

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
  2. Covid-19 and the Prison & YOI Rules
  3. Prison & YOI Rules
  4. Appeals
  5. Web sites of interest
SECTION 5 – 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

SECTION 6 – REPORTS Annual Reports from prison organisations

6.1. Introduction to the Prisons Inspectorate

6.2.1 HM Prison & Probation Service Annual Report 2019/2020

6.2.2. Prison & Probation Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2019

6.2.3. HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Annual Report 2019/2020

6.2.3.1 Short Scrutiny Visits and Scrutiny Visits (SSV, SV)

In April 2020, following the cessation of normal Inspection visits due to Covid, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons introduced a new form of inspection: The Short Scrutiny Visit (SSV) and subsequently the Scrutiny Visit (SV). the following section gives a precis of each published report

4.1.1 Scrutiny Visits: (SV)

  1. HMP Hewell scrutiny visit
    Report on a scrutiny visit to HMP Hewell by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (4 and 11 – 12 August 2020)
    Published: 15 September 2020
  2. HMP Preston scrutiny visit
    Report on a scrutiny visit to HMP Preston by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (4 and 11–12 August 2020).
    Published: 15 September 2020
  3. HMP Whitemoor scrutiny visit
    Report on a scrutiny visit to HMP Whitemoor by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (28 July and 4–5 August 2020)
    Published: 08 September 2020

4.1.2 Short Scrutiny Visits (SSV)

  1. Short scrutiny visit aggregate report
    Aggregate report on short scrutiny visits by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (21 April – 7 July 2020)
    Published: 19 August 2020
  2. Second young offender institutions short scrutiny visit
    Second report on short scrutiny visits to young offender institutions holding children by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (7 July 2020)
    Published: 27 July 2020
  3. Second women’s prisons short scrutiny visit
    Second report on short scrutiny visits to prisons holding women by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (30 June 2020)
    Published: 17 July 2020
  4. Second local prisons short scrutiny visit
    Second report on short scrutiny visits to local prisons by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (23 June 2020)
    Published: 10 July 2020
  5. Category C prisons short scrutiny visits
    Report on short scrutiny visits to Category C prisons by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (16 June 2020)
    Published: 03 July 2020
  6. Open prisons short scrutiny visits
    Report on short scrutiny visits to Category D open prisons by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (9 June 2020)
    Published: 29 June 2020
  7. Prisons holding prisoners convicted of sexual offences short scrutiny visit
    Report on short scrutiny visits to Prisons holding prisoners convicted of sexual offences by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (2 June 2020)
    Published: 22 June 2020
  8. Long-term and high security prisons short scrutiny visit
    Report on short scrutiny visits to long-term and high security prisons by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (26 May 2020)
    Published: 15 June 2020
  9. Women’s prisons short scrutiny visit
    Report on short scrutiny visits to prisons holding women by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (19 May 2020)
    Published: 05 June 2020
  10. Immigration removal centres short scrutiny visit
    Report on short scrutiny visits to immigration removal centres by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (12 May 2020)
    Published: 02 June 2020
  11. Category C training prisons short scrutiny visit
    Report on short scrutiny visits to category C training prisons by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (5 May 2020)
    Published: 22 May 2020
  12. Local prisons short scrutiny visit
    Report on short scrutiny visits to local prisons by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (28 April 2020)
    Published: 18 May 2020
  13. Young offender institutions holding children
    Report on short scrutiny visits to young offender institutions (21 April 2020)
    Published: 07 May 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
Index