Date of visit: 13 November 2018
Visit number: 61
Prison type: Category C
Officers praised the Governor (‘supportive’, ‘open door’, ‘visible’), and valued staff recognition (including thank you letters), a weekly newsletter (also thanking staff), personalised Christmas cards, bi-monthly full staff meetings, and ‘very supportive’ management. They valued a strong focus on training (including monthly full day shutdown), flexible Refers to the allocation of Officers to particular roles on a given shift, and the staff mess. They described staff relations (helped by team bonding sessions) as well as relations with prisoners, as ‘good’, and rated visits facilities and regular family day visits.
The 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” and Senior Managers felt the An informal term referring to a prison’s Governor (or Director in private jails) had ‘transformed’ morale and staff relations, and also rated team bonding and training, staff recognition, weekly newsletters & ‘thank you’s, bi-monthly briefings, personalised Xmas cards and staff family fun days. They thought staff-prisoner relations ‘very’ good, with A national scheme under which Prison Officers are given training and time to work one-to-one with around six prisoners, aimed at supporting their management and rehabilitation making a ‘big difference’, and rated a specialist Imprisonment for Public Protection – indefinite prison sentence for those thought to present a particular future risk to the public but whose offending did not merit a standard “life” sentence unit, day-care ‘drop in’ for self-isolators, vocational training (including Not-for-profit organisation teaching prisoners IT coding skills www.code4000.org/en app & web training), and the use of restorative principles and management’s challenging of poor behaviour. Security was strong ‘but proportionate’, and extra netting, CCTV, and Scanning equipment used to check parcels and mail for contraband, including drugs and mail photocopying were helping to tackle Synthetic psychoactive substance, originally marketed as a synthetic cannabis – often used as a generic term for all synthetic psychoactive substances. Local police relations were ‘very good’ and ‘all incidents’ were investigated.
The prisoners felt generally safe, described relations with staff as ’good’, and praised the Governor. They highlighted the role of the (prisoner) ‘Humber Pilots’ who meet regularly with the Senior Management Team and provide a wide range of peer support. They praised safer custody & self-harm support (led by a ‘brilliant Officer’), the peer-led Charity supporting men’s mental health andysmanclub.co.uk and day-care drop-in. They rated a peer-led debt avoidance workshop for new inductions, the Offender Management Unit – prison-based team responsible for helping to draw up and oversee a prisoner’s sentence plan, and linking with their probation officer outside, and healthcare staff and facilities, as well as the gym and gym staff. The Lincs Action Trust run visitors centre, family days, and parenting courses, were ‘brilliant’.