Still in Lancashire, and now it’s off to Wymott, just south of Preston, and right next door to HMP Garth.
It’s developed some good links with Leyland, which is very nearby, and the general air of learning is reinforced by a building which looks a lot like a college – only with a rather bigger gate!
The prisoners rated their ‘respected’ Council as effective, and the gym and its staff ‘very good’. They said visiting was good, and family visits ‘great’. They called the PIPE & TC units ‘excellent’, with ‘very safe’ regimes and ‘supportive staff’.
The officers said a ‘passionate’ and ‘committed’ workforce did ‘excellent’ team work – and were very supportive of ‘newbies’. They agreed with prisoners on both consultation and the PIPE & TC units, and additionally rated the range of prisoner reps and peer mentors. They praised the ‘Safer Living’ department, run by staff with help from prisoners, which supports and manages prisoners with complex needs. They also valued the 4-week ‘Robust Recovery’ programme aimed at re-/integrating prolific Spice users and isolated prisoners back into the regime. They said the popular staff and prisoner Annual Sports Day was ‘really good’, and the clean, decent environment and gardens was ‘great’ (‘good for all’).
The managers called it ‘safer’, in terms of violence and self-harm, than similar prisons, praised ‘teamwork’ and ‘strong partnerships’ across the prison, and said keywork made ‘a big difference’. They rated education, work and vocational training opportunities as ‘very good’ and added praise for the health and substance misuse services, along with the PIPE, TC, older prisoner, and complex needs units. They valued the dedicated family support worker for family visits. They put prisoners calling it ‘very hard’ to get drugs down to selective mail photocopying, a strong recovery programme with individual plans for heavy users, and regular multidisciplinary strategy meetings. They valued their staff mess and said prisoners often used popular ‘Compliment slips’ to thank staff.