Females and Juveniles

Female prisoners have different risk Categories, called Restrictive Status, Closed Status and Open Status and these correspond roughly with Cat A, Cat B&C, and Cat D. The same IEP status rules apply, with the exception of being allowed to wear non prison clothing at all IEP levels. Women with small children, or those who are heavily pregnant may be held in special “Mother and Baby “ units.

Finally juveniles are further split into those under 17 and those above. If you are over 21 you are treated as an adult. As you may expect, juveniles are treated in a more “user friendly” manner than adults and each juvenile prison has its own induction and regime rules.

Return to How does prison actually work?

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