HMIP on Staying in Contact with Family

Every now and again HMIP produce brief reports which touch on the human issues of being in prison, and they have recently published a brief paper dealing with “Contact with Families and Friends”

The report deals with how prisoners are able to stay in contact with those on the outside while DoingTime. It is aimed at academics/prison management rather than the general public but does provide some insight as to how the system really works in practice.

Click here for full report

On Tuesday 24th March it was announced that all prisons in the UK would go into a "lock down" state, as a result on Covid19.  In simple terms it means that prisoners will be confined to their cells for the vast majority of each day, being unlocked only for meals and very limited exercise periods. All social visits are cancelled with immediate effect.

The prison staff will ensure that medical requirements will be met as per usual but there will be no "association periods" for the prisoners. Undoubtably this will be difficult and stressful for a number of prisoners, but the prison authorities are acting for the greater good of the majority of prisoners and staff.

Any establishment specific queries you may have should be directed to the prisons