Date of visit: 24 July 2018
Visit number: 33
Prison type: Category C
The prisoners said the staff were ‘great’, described staff-prisoner relationships as ‘very good’, and said they felt ‘safe’. They valued the Committee of prisoner representatives meeting with senior management to discuss issues relevant to the management and care of prisoners in the jail, and said the wing reps and monthly meeting with the Governor and other senior managers ‘really worked’. They called time out of cell ‘very good’, and described family day visits as ‘fantastic’. They said the reception and induction of new prisoners was ‘excellent’. They also rated Scheme bringing together students and prisoners to study together – see also “Inside Out”, where prisoners study alongside local students, and singled out the Kainos ‘Challenge to Change’ programme (see managers comments) as ‘really good’.
The Officers agreed staff-prisoner relationships were good, and thought the prison ‘generally safe’, and said staff took ‘a de-escalating role’ to potential conflict. They said staff supported each other very well (including Supervisory Officer – see also “Band 3 / Band 4” Band 3 / Band 4 - Prison Officer grades – Band 3 is the main grade for Officers, Band 4 officers are also known as “supervisory Officers and Custodial Manager – uniformed officers responsible for managing Band 3 and 4 staff (see also “Band 3 / Band 4”) Band 3 / Band 4 - Prison Officer grades – Band 3 is the main grade for Officers, Band 4 officers are also known as “supervisory Officers” support for frontline staff). New staff were described as ‘excellent’. They agreed with the prisoners’ high rating for visits, and called the prison’s weekly 5 km run registered and overseen by Park Run UK– now run in a number of prisons around the country www.parkrun.org.uk, with 30-40 prisoners, staff and outside runners, which Haverigg pioneered, ‘really good’.
Managers praised committed, ‘very caring’ staff, and ‘excellent’ staff-staff relations, reflected ‘in the way the regime kept going’ despite staff shortages. They rated staff development & training, including monthly training days. They said the ‘approachable’ An informal term referring to a prison’s Governor (or Director in private jails) encouraged innovation and creativity. The ‘outstanding’ staff-prisoner relations ‘were often remarked upon’, including in inspection reports. They praised staff allotments and outside staff gym facilities. They also rated the Prisoner Council, farms & industries, vocational training, and a ‘fantastic’ library, also used by staff, offering prisoners driving theory tests and, ‘uniquely’, a dedicated Segregation – unit where prisoners are kept segregated from others, either as a punishment or for their own protection section. They also rated Learning Together, the 6-month Kainos programme, and the Park Run.