The Prisons Handbook

The Prisons Handbook

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This guide to prisons, remand centres and young offenders institutions in England and Wales was written by a former prisoner with first-hand experience, as an inmate, of more than 50 of Britain's prisons. The prison-by-prison detail has been compiled from official reports supplemented by questionnaire replies from inmates and staff. It includes practical information on each establishment: visiting hours; workshops; education; chaplaincy; medical services and sports facilities. Further sections provide advice on useful organizations, foreign prisoners, health problems, financial matters, welfare, religion, discharge grants, release, women prisoners and young offenders. An advice section contains additional information on prisoner's rights and the law, spanning reception to release. The final section summarizes the reports produced by the Prison Service, the Prison Ombudsman and HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, together with all ad hoc reports and inspection reports published by HMCIP in the previous year. The book is available for prisoners and their families at a cheaper rate.
In order to qualify for this price the book must be sent to a prison address, a maximum of two copies per prisoner. Orders direct to Pluto Press.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 150 x 230mm | 870g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • notes, glossary, index
  • 074531225X
  • 9780745312255

Table of contents

What's it all about? - editorial: the view from here; glossary; prisoner location service; important notes for visitors; drug trafficking - the facts. Section 1 Penal establishments (England and Wales 1997): English and Welsh establishments individually; English and Welsh establishments by security category; other UK prisons. Section 2 Advice: unconvicted and civil prisoners; starting your sentence; request and complaints; visits, letters and telephone calls; mandatory drug testing, Deborah Cheney; discipline and punishments; welfare and religious matters; health and hygiene; race relations; social security and discharge grants; release; life sentence prisoners; women prisoners; young offenders; foreign prisoners, Deborah Cheney. Section 3 Helpful organizations and prisons Internet sites. Section 4 Legal section: Prisoners and the law, Simon Creighton, Vicky King; case law summaries, Siobhan Grey; Prison Act 1952; Prison Rules 1964; Young Offender Institution Rules 1988; ECHR - prisoners and the European Court of Human Rights, Chas Wilson. Section 4/2 Forum: something to say? boards of visitors and the "watchdog" role - poodle or rottweiler? Paul Infield (Barrister and Chairman of the BoV at HM Prison Wandsworth); for or against...prison privatisation - for, Walter MacGowan, Group 4 Prisons Services Ltd, against, Stephen Shaw (Director Prison Reform Trust). Section 5 Reports: Establishment Inspection Reports (1995/96) of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons; Annual reports - chief inspector of prisons; prisons ombudsman 1995/96; prison service 1995/96; Learmont and Woodcok. Section 6 Annexes: HM Prison Services - people, policies, facts and figures 1995/96; standard list of articles allowed in-possession; Parliamentary questions and answers on prisons 1995/96, John Sutton; VTC/CIT courses - who provides what and where?; deaths in custody 1995/96; 6 AGs and IGs. Classified adverts.
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