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E&I publishes frequently asked questions document on L'Ancresse plans
Friday 23 June 2017

A frequently asked questions document about proposals to remove 200m of the L'Ancresse anti-tank wall has been published by the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure.

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Report identifies savings opportunities for Education, Sport & Culture and Home Affairs
Friday 23 June 2017

Costing, benchmarking and prioritisation reviews into the services provided by the Committees for Education, Sport & Culture and Home Affairs have highlighted areas where significant savings could be made.

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Pre-Occupation photos of L'Ancresse Bay released
Thursday 22 June 2017

Pre-Occupation aerial photos of L'Ancresse Bay, when the dune landscape behind the sandy beach at acted as a natural coastal defence, have been made available by the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure.

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Guernsey Prison serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the Courts.  The Prison has clear objectives keeping within the Prison Statement of Purpose and vision. The prison shares a set of common values with the Committee for Home Affairs. These values are; Quality, Integrity, Innovation, Efficiency and Professionalism.

The Prison Governor, Dave Matthews, is responsible for the Prison, under the Prison (Guernsey) Ordinance 2013 and Prison (Guernsey) Regulations 2013 which sets out legislation.  The prison works within expectations as set out by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). Guernsey Prison is regularly visited by the Independent Monitoring Panel (IMP).

Being the only prison on the Island, the facility must be equipped to hold remand and sentenced prisoners, males, females, young offenders, children and vulnerable prisoners with varying security categories, offences and sentence lengths.

The prison has accommodation to house a maximum of 134 prisoners.  Since January 2013 the prison has been smoke-freeIn July 2014 all cells were equipped with in-cell telephony. Guernsey Prison is a working prison and is committed to ensuring that all prisoners have jobs within the prison.

The Prison provides primary care services for prisoners, which includes initial health screens and assessments on arrival at the Prison, other healthcare services are provided in conjunction with external agencies.

When a prisoner comes into the prison they will have an induction on their first night, this is given by 'Listener Prisoners'.  The aim of this induction is to provide prisoners with necessary information and to help alleviate any fears they may have about coming into custody. As well as the induction process, there is additional support available in the Prison from various agencies and volunteers.  Prisoners can also be selected to be a voice as Diversity Representatives and Prisoner Consultation Committee Meeting representatives.

Keeping in touch with the outside world is very important when in prison and prisoners are able to do so by various means of communications.  For further information please refer to  Keeping in touch and Visiting the prison.

The Regimes department are responsible for providing Work, Education and Faith. The prison charity; Creative Learning in Prison (CLIP), was set up to allow for creative learning which would not be funded by normal revenues.

The Offender Management Unit (OMU), are responsible for sentence plans, offending behaviour programme delivery, resettlement needs, Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL), restorative justice, family and social support initiatives, and the Foreign National Support Group. Also located within the OMU department are the Prison Psychotherapist, Substance Misuse Worker (SMW) and the Resettlement Officer.

The Residential Department, are responsible for the first night process for new prisoners, personal officers, the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) Scheme, and safer custody and violence reduction.

Security Department, collate, analyse and evaluate all security intelligence, however received, and then distribute information and required actions to appropriate areas or individuals.

The Works Department provides technical services to support the Prison infrastructure and an integral part of that department is the Health and Safety team that ensures the prison is a safe and healthy environment for staff, visitors and prisoners.

The Administration Department is responsible for providing an efficient and supportive service to all other departments.  The team works with all staff to produce a wide range of administrative tasks.

There is a Prison Shop where prisoners can purchase products such as snacks, craft items, toiletries, stamps, phone credit, and e-cigarettes. Prisoners may also order clothing, DVDs, books, games, newspapers and magazines by way of application.  Prisoner spends are dependent on their level in the Incentive and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme.

Working for the Prison is fun and challenging. There's great job satisfaction that comes from knowing that you can make a difference both for prisoners and the community.







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