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Prison TOUR

Post by Mash » Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:43 am

Reposted this for the new recruitment section created by Lapmonkey
There are more than 85,000 prisoners in about 160 jails in the UK.

The vast majority of them are in England and Wales, where more than 77,000 prisoners are currently held.

While prisons vary, the majority of the 130,000 people entering the system each year - many for just weeks or months - will find similar facilities.

Scenes from around Chelmsford Prison

Reception and first night

All prisoners pass through reception, which is responsible for checking identities and monitoring numbers.

New arrivals are strip searched and issued with prison clothes.

They are seen by a nurse, to identify those coming off drugs, on medication or feeling suicidal.

At Chelmsford Prison, reception also has segregation cells where violent prisoners or those deemed at risk may be kept for a short time.

(Clockwise) Chelmsford Prison's reception, a segregation cell, the first night wing and prison kit

Prison accommodation

Accommodation varies between prisons, ranging from single cells to dormitories.

A typical wing will also include recreation areas, showers, offices and a food servery.

At Chelmsford Prison some of the accommodation is modern, some of it Victorian.

Cells have toilets and prisoners are allowed TVs.

A renovation programme is working its way through the prison.

Accommodation at Chelmsford is a mix of old and new



All prisoners have access to education, with jails offering a mix of courses, including vocational qualifications.

Provision is normally made for those prisoners needing help with basic or key skills.

At Chelmsford Prison, educational facilities include a barber's salon, IT classes and cookery lessons.

There is significant take-up of English lessons among the many foreign prisoners.

An English lesson, the education centre, IT and cookery classes and hairdressing at Chelmsford


Prison kitchens have to keep inmates well fed on a tight budget.

Breakfast, lunch and an evening meal cost an average of £1.87 per prisoner per day.

Young offenders' institutes spend £3.81 per day.

Prisons now cater for a wide variety of diets and often offer healthy options.

Many jails no longer have dining halls and prisoners will often eat in their cells.

The kitchens at Chelmsford Prison cater for 570 prisoners and inmates help prepare food



All prisons have sports facilities, to encourage exercise and good health among prisoners.

New gym equipment and a sports hall are available at Chelmsford Prison.

The gym is used by about 70% of prisoners and is also open to staff.

Gym staff have worked on tackling drugs through sport and work closely with the healthcare unit.

(Clockwise) Running machines, weights, step machines and football pitch

Prison visits

Facilities for visitors vary, but many prisons have a waiting area with basic amenities.

Prison staff make sure that a visit is allowed and that visitors have the right paperwork.

At Chelmsford Prison, a sniffer dog checks that visitors are not carrying drugs.

Most visits take place in a designated room.

Family visits, with toys and a play area for children, are held once a month.

(Clockwise) Sniffer dog, toys in the visitors' centre and the visits area