Work in the Prison

The work which you will be allocated in prison, assuming you are not undertaking full time education, varies from prison to prison. In all prisons there are the simple jobs of wing cleaner, library orderly, kitchen worker etc along with work making windows, completing mailing for magazines, packing plumbing parts. You will be asked to express your preference but don’t be shocked if you don’t get your first choice! Again it varies from prison to prison but you will be expected to remain at the job you were given for a minimum of 4 weeks before asking for a transfer.

Return to the first week in custody

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