The cold snap I noticed on yesterday’s visit to Ranby continues – I was scraping ice off the car for first time this year.
Rather impressively, given the imposing new wing and the fact that there’s been a prison on the site since 1801, I managed to get lost walking from the car park!
The prisoners thought staff good (‘some great’) and said peer mentors (including IAG workers, like PID) made ‘a real difference’. They praised the food (‘best I’ve come across in prison’), the gym and its staff, the library (‘like library on the out’), drug & alcohol services, and visits including hot food, family visits, and the Christmas party for kids.
The officers rated staff camaraderie and officers flexibility supporting the regime (helped by an ex-operational officer’s ‘good detailing’ & flexible family support). They noted ‘good’ prisoner rapport, healthcare, a ‘very good’ Chaplaincy (putting on many events including outside speakers) and a ‘great’ library. They, too, rated the food, and highly praised Reactiv8’s training & employment support (including CSCS prep). The gym was ‘excellent’ and its staff ‘great’ (e.g. Christmas events, football tournaments, staff well-being days, etc.) They valued daily wing operational and monthly full staff meetings and staff recognition (e.g. Team and Employee of the Month) and a fortnightly training shutdown to develop new staff’s jailcraft.
The managers said staff-prisoner relations were better than most Cat Bs and praised their ‘committed’ staff’s ‘resilience’, and the ‘incredible’ CMs (‘central to everything’). They, too, rated staff recognition, training, the kitchen and the gym. They liked the 2 full-time POELT mentors giving extra training, an OMU fully staffed by non-operational staff (ensuring no cross-deployment), staffed CRC and partner (including Reactiv8) resettlement support, monthly wing forums (with prisoners and the Head of Residential), and a ‘culture change’ forum with prisoner reps (the No. 1 chairs), and self-harm support – they said levels were low due to staff-prisoner relations, outside agency support, prisoner counselling, and individual multi-disciplinary case management (which ‘also helps’ with challenging behaviours).