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The Panel of Prison Visitors (PoPV)

The Panel of Prison Visitors are members of our local community, selected to make visits to the Guernsey Prison to independently oversee its administration.

The Panel of Prison Visitors are an independent body authorised by the Prison Administration (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1988,  to pay both unannounced and requested visits to the Guernsey Prison at any time - day or night. Following visits, members of the Panel write report outlining any concerns. These are then addressed by the Prison Governor and the Home Department Board.

The Panel of Prison Visitors play a key role in ensuring the good administration of the Guernsey Prison by providing independent oversight of the day-to-day operation and protecting the well-being of prisoners and prison staff.

The principal duties of the Panel are to:

  • satisfy themselves as to the  state of the prison establishment, the administration of the prison and the treatment of prisoners;
  • raise issues and concerns with the Prison Governor and the Home Department Board.

The Panel act as impartial observers. Prisoners have unrestricted access to the Panel who will listen to what the prisoner has to say, investigate his or her concerns and arrange for the prisoners to receive a response. Panel Members are not there to "solve" prisoners' problems, but are able to help the progress of queries or concerns. The UK Prison Service operate a similar scheme the Independent Monitoring Board

Members of the Panel are volunteers from the community and the Home Department appreciates the commitment and contribution they make.

If you are interested in learning more about the Panel of Prison Visitors, or wish to enquire as to how you can get involved then please contact the Home Department, Central Services.

Home Department (Central Services)

Sir Charles Frossard House,  La Charroterie,  St Peter Port,  Guernsey,  GY1 1FH,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 717000 Fax: 44 1481 711508

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