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-free. In 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.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND VISION
- Prison Objective:
- - Guernsey Prison serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts.
- Our duty is to ensure, that prisoners are treated with respect, in a safe environment where they are able, and expected to engage in purposeful work and learning activities designed to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.
- The Prison's Vision:
- To provide a working prison that enables prisoners to gain work skills, learning skills and qualifications, to help reduce re-offending and provide a secure environment to protect the public, ensuring value for money whilst treating people decently and fairly.
HER MAJESTY'S INSPECTORATE OF PRISONS (HMIP)
- Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prison (HMIP) is an independent body reporting on the conditions and the treatment of those held in Prisons across England and Wales. As well as inspecting places of detention they also promote positive outcomes for those detained as well as the public.
- HMIP sets out a list of expectations that a Prison establishment should achieve in order to be classified as a 'healthy prison':
- - Safety: Prisoners, particularly the most vulnerable, are held safely.
- - Respect: Prisoners are treated with respect for their human dignity.
- - Purposeful activity: Prisoners are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them.
- - Resettlement: Prisoners are prepared for their release back into the community and effectively helped to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.
- 2014 Inspection
- Although it is not a legal requirement for Guernsey Prison to be inspected by HMIP, they are invited to do so, to ensure that Guernsey is achieving acceptable standards of practice in the treatment and conditions of those detained.
- Guernsey's most recent inspection was in May 2014 and was a positive reflection of the work being undertaken within Guernsey Prison. The full report from this inspection, released on 5 November 2014, is available on this page, along with the media releases associated with the report.
INDEPENDENT MONITORING PANEL (IMP)
- The Independent Monitoring Panel exists as an independent body authorised by the Prison Administration (Guernsey) Ordinance 2013 to pay visits to the Guernsey Prison at any time, day or night.
- After their visits, members of the Panel write a report, detailing where in the prison they visited, which prisoners they spoke to and noting any concerns or issues raised by the prisoners. This monitoring ensures proper standards of care and humanity are maintained. These are then addressed by the Prison Governor and the Committee for Home Affairs.
- The IMP will also attend board meeting and some Prison meetings if required. Members don't need any specific qualifications however; they have an interest, commitment, energy and time to make a full contribution to the work. Panel members are people with compassion, tact, sensitivity, open-mindedness, determination and a sense of justice and fairness.
- Prisoners are separated across 11 wings. Each wing has recently been refurbished with some new units being created such as the purpose built female wing and the new Compass Unit specifically for children. All wings have an association area for prisoners to use at meal times. In each cell there is a bed, toilet facilities, bin, privacy curtain, kettle, chair, phone and call bell for emergencies. Depending on a prisoner's Incentive Earned Privilege level they may also have a television, this must be paid for. The in-cell telephony was installed in July 2014.
- There are two safe cells available for prisoners who need to be segregated from other prisoners for their own protection. These cells are fitted with a tear proof mattress and specialist furniture.
- There are also three Segregation Care and Progress Unit (SCAPU) cells that will be used when a prisoner is to be segregated for behavioural reasons. These cells have minimal appliances.
- Since January 2013, Guernsey Prison has been declared smoke-free. Guernsey is the second prison in Europe, after the Isle of Man, to become smoke-free. This means that it is now illegal for prisoners, staff, and visitors to smoke anywhere within the prison grounds.
- Prisoners have access to Quit Line services and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) if they wish to take advantage of this while in prison, or alternatively, they are able to purchase e-cigarettes from the prison shop, for use in designated areas around the prison.
- If you are a smoker and visiting the prison please note that it is illegal for you to smoke in the prison grounds and for you to bring any smoking apparatus into the prison, this includes; e-cigarettes, tobacco, lighters, filters etc.
- In July 2014, the Prison undertook a project to install phones in prisoner's cells at no cost to the taxpayer as the capital is funded by the cost of the calls made by the prisoners. Having in cell telephones enables communication with family, friends, advocates and support services such as the Samaritans in private. This initiative follows the UK model for prisoner communications. Family contact is proven to assist in rehabilitation, a reduced likelihood of reoffending, and reduced risk of self-harm.
- Prisoners are only able to call numbers that have been pre-approved, this is controlled via a pin phone system. The phones have no function to receive calls. Calls are monitored and if necessary numbers can be removed or time restrictions can be implemented if required.
- Guernsey Prison is committed to providing a working prison which enables prisoners to gain learning skills, work skills and qualifications, to increase the likelihood of them finding employment on release. Providing prisoners with work and education also contributes to their engagement in purposeful activity.
- Sentence plan targets surrounding training and employment will take priority when allocating jobs to prisoners. The following must be taken into consideration when deciding which prisoners should be employed in which roles; security category, resettlement needs, sentence length, time served, trade skills and any other relevant issues. All prisoners are required to complete an induction before they can commence any work and is issued a training passport. When a prisoner has completed the training then the relevant section on the passport will be signed off and the prisoner can be considered for that job role. Each employment area has a competency element with the job description relevant to the post.
- Employment, progression, education classes and offending behaviour courses are allocated, and payments are made for sessions attended as per the Prisoners' Pay Policy. Prisoners who are not involved in activities or employment remain locked in their cells during the core day, and their pay will reflect non-attendance. Each prisoner is able to earn a maximum of £14.40 per week providing they work or are in education for all available sessions in the week.
- The Prison currently has the capacity to employ all convicted prisoners, and those remand prisoners who choose to work. The type of work and qualifications available in the Prison vary, but include:
- - Orderlies/cleaners for all areas of the Prison
- - Kitchen workers who prepare prisoner meals and ad hoc catering requests, and can work towards a catering qualification
- - Horticulture site workers who maintain the grounds where food is grown and can work towards a horticulture qualification
- - Recycling workshop workers who collect and recycle prison waste and undertake work provided by partner organisations, and can work towards recycling qualifications.
- After a vigorous risk assessment some prisoners are granted a Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) enabling them to volunteer or work in pre-determined work places. This is part of the resettlement scheme.
REDBANDS AND RELEASE ON TEMPORARY LICENCE (ROTL)
- Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) enables prisoners to participate in necessary activities, outside of the prison establishment, that directly contribute to their resettlement into the community and their development of a purposeful, law-abiding life. All activities, for which temporary resettlement release is granted, are directly linked to the sentence planning process both for developing work and life skills and for maintaining, or re-establishing, family and community ties.
- Any decision to grant a prisoner ROTL involves a rigorous risk assessment which ensures public safety. ROTL is not an entitlement, but a privilege for which prisoners must apply. All eligible ROTL applications are assessed individually in the full knowledge of all the circumstances of the prisoner's offence and offending behaviour.
- There are 4 types of temporary release licence: redband, resettlement, voluntary work placement, and paid work release/College of Further Education (full or part-time).
- Prisoners must demonstrate that they can be trusted to work outside of the perimeter fence but within the confines of the prison grounds. Offenders are able to work on maintenance/gardening projects as Redband prisoners for approximately 4-6 week periods before being reviewed with a view to progressing on to a Resettlement Licence and/or paid work release. Progression is dependent on risk assessment and identified needs.
- Those offenders who are serving longer sentences may be risk assessed as appropriate to progress on to ROTL paid work release. The opportunity to adhere to a regular working routine, become a responsible employee and earn a legitimate income whilst still a serving a custodial sentence can be of significant benefit in terms of successful resettlement into the community. A proportion of those earnings is used as a contribution towards board and lodgings at the prison, while the remainder is saved for their release. Prior to embarking on any paid work placement, there is a requirement for prisoners to undertake a period of voluntary work.
- Offenders who require assistance with seeking employment, accommodation, further education or community reintegration can apply for a Resettlement Licence for the purpose of attending appropriate appointments in the community. Those who are risk assessed as appropriate will be accompanied on such appointments by the Resettlement Officer or their Offender Supervisor.
- The Regimes Department are responsible for organising prisoner's purposeful activity; education classes, courses and/or employment. Some education classes give prisoners the opportunity to work towards qualifications, such as the NVQ in Catering. It is the Prison's aim to have as many prisoners in employment as possible as this helps towards their life in the community after release. The Regimes Department's functions and responsibilities also include the Prison Library, which is served by the Guille Allez Library, the kitchen, the gym, the horticulture site, the workshops and the chaplaincy team. The recycling team comes also comes under regimes, the prime role is the disposal and recycling of prison waste.
LEARNING IN PRISON
- Guernsey Prison has a dedicated Education facility, delivering a range of classes where prisoners are able to study towards qualifications. All prisoners on completion of induction and assessment are given a College of Further Education enrolment. The curriculum varies and is subject to change depending on the needs of the prisoners.
- Classes provided through the Prison's Education Department include English, Maths, ICT, Art, Independent Living, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Cookery, and the Prison Magazine. Ad-hoc classes provided at various times throughout the year include First Aid, Manual Handling, Health and Safety, Financial Literacy Skills and a summer taster session programme.
- Prisoners attending Education classes are considered to be engaging with purposeful activity, as those who are undertaking paid employment are around the Prison. They are therefore paid a sessional rate for their attendance. For many prisoners, enrolment in Education classes is linked to their sentence planning targets.
- Prisoners have the opportunity to gain academic qualifications for some of the educational classes that they take. Vocational qualifications are available for those in work posts in various areas, which include recycling, the kitchen, the gym, and the horticulture site.
CREATIVE LEARNING IN PRISON (CLIP)
- During 2013 the Prison charity, CLIP (Creative Learning in Prison), was established. CLIP is a Guernsey registered charity with Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) status. The money that is raised for CLIP goes towards creative learning projects including the Geese Theatre Company workshops, Photography courses, yoga sessions and assistance in publishing the prison magazine.
- The prison CLIP workshop upcycles furniture and assists in some community projects in return for donations to the charity. The Prison recently held an Open Garden Event where visitors were invited to make donations to CLIP to help maintain the site.
- CLIP won the regional "Outstanding Impact" award in the National Lloyds Foundation Community Awards in 2015.
RELIGION AND FAITH
- The Prison Chaplaincy provides for the spiritual care of prisoners and staff of all religions. The Chaplain is always available to speak to anyone who needs spiritual help or guidance, and is able to refer prisoners and staff to religious leaders of other mainline faiths if necessary.
- The Prison Chapel is always available for prayer and contemplation. Christian Sunday worship takes place each week, in a variety of different traditions, and Bible study classes are provided during the week.
- All prisoners are seen by the Chaplain within seven days of their reception date. This is to ensure that details of their religion are correct, provide them with reassurance and help, and let them know what religious services and facilities are available.
- Prison Fellowship Guernsey (PFG) also provides voluntary chaplains, and can in some cases help prisoners after release, through the charity Caring for Ex-offenders.
- The services provided by Guernsey Prison's Healthcare Department are through the Committee for Health & Social Care. Each prisoner is entitled to receive healthcare during their time at Guernsey Prison, regardless of their sentence length. The Prison Healthcare Team provides primary care services as and when required, the team will see all prisoners when they first come into prison to assess their physical and mental well-being. The initial health screen will highlight any medical conditions, medical requirements or concerns that will need addressing. There will be a more in-depth health screening after a few days when the prisoner is more settled.
- Other services provided by Prison Healthcare include sexual health services (and a referral to a specialist where required), vaccinations and immunisations, health promotion, stop smoking clinics and chronic condition management. As well as the nurses in the Prison there is also a prison GP who holds a clinic for prisoners twice a week. Mental Health Services, Substance Misuse Services and visiting clinicians such as the optician, physiotherapist and dentist are also available to prisoners.
- Mental health Services
- The Prison has a psychotherapist but if needed a specialist in-reach mental health team is also available to support on-going care if a prisoner is already receiving support. They will also see new patients after an initial assessment and will offer support around health needs such as anxiety and depression in partnership with the prison. If required there is access to the visiting Psychiatrist and Psychologist.
OFFENDER MANAGEMENT UNIT (OMU)
- The Offender Management Unit's responsibilities include sentence planning, offending behaviour programme delivery, resettlement needs, release on temporary licence, restorative justice, family and social support initiatives, and the Foreign National Support Group.
- The Offender Management Unit works closely with the field Probation Team. Offender Managers based in the community attend the prison on a regular basis to engage with prisoners.
- The Offender Management Strategy manages offenders throughout their sentence, building on the 7 Pathways to assist them in reducing the likelihood of re-offending. The pathways are: accommodation and support, employment and education, drugs and alcohol, family and social support, life skills and offending behaviour, health (physical and mental), and financial management.
- In addition to addressing attitudes and thinking skills, the Offender Management strategy also places importance in addressing accommodation and education/employment needs. The OMU unit has a Resettlement Officer who works towards finding accommodation and employment for prisoners on release.
- Sentence Planning and Parole
- The core business of the Offender Management Unit revolves around the sentence planning process. Each prisoner is allocated their own Offender Management Team; this team will assess individual risks/needs and set appropriate targets via the sentence planning process according to the levels of risk and need identified. Regular setting and review of targets provides a framework to each prisoner's sentence and should set out their pathway to resettlement. All targets are agreed with the ultimate aim of reducing the likelihood of re-offending and risk of harm to the public, building on the offender management strategic pathways.
- Offending Behaviour Programmes
- The following Offending Behaviour Programmes and interventions are available in Guernsey Prison:
- - Choices & Challenges Offending Behaviour Programme
- - Choices & Challenges Booster Programme (3 day refresher course for those who have already completed the main Choices & Challenges Programme)
- - Victim Awareness Programme
- - Dealing with Destructive Levels of Male Aggression
- - Sex Offender Treatment Programme
- - Only Pictures - therapeutic work with internet sex offenders
- - CHANGE - domestic abuse perpetrator programme
- - Substance Misuse Awareness Programme
- - Seeking Safety - treatment programme for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Substance Abuse
- Identified offending behaviour needs are addressed on a 1:1 or small group basis with Offender Managers, Offender Supervisors and the Prison Psychotherapist.
- Restorative Justice (RJ)
- Consideration and exploration of Restorative Justice (RJ) remains a compulsory element of the sentence planning process. The OMU Manager continues to audit sentence planning documents to ensure that due consideration has been given to potential cases where restorative interventions may be appropriate. All OMU staff consider ways to develop the use of restorative language and approaches in the everyday running of the Prison. The also work to develop a consistent practice with disputes involving officers, prisoners, or both.
- The Island's Restorative Justice Development Officer continues to advise and provide new material for the Prison Psychotherapist and OMU Officers who facilitate the Choices and Challenges course using Restorative Justice principles.
SUBSTANCE MISUSE (DRUGS AND ALCOHOL)
- The Prison Substance Misuse Worker (SMW) is employed by Drug Concern and offers a support and intervention service to all identified as having issues with drugs or alcohol. The SMW can be accessed by wing application, referral from Personal Officer, Offender Supervisor, Offender Manager or Healthcare.
- The increase in recent years of drugs misuse and drugs related crime in the Bailiwick requires the Prison Service to consider the measures necessary to ensure successful intervention with particular regard to drugs re-offending.
- The misuse of drugs in prison disrupts control and discipline and requires measures to reduce the supply of drugs. Those prisoners who have problems with drug misuse have opportunities to address their problems whilst in prison, to allow them to lead constructive lives in prison, and following release.
- The Prison's Substance Misuse Worker plays an important role within the wider Offender Management team. This team concentrates on individual cases within the prison, specifically prisoners' substance misuse needs while in custody, and ensures that these needs are adequately met.
- The States of Guernsey Prison Service has adopted the following principles:
- - The misuse of drugs in prison will not be tolerated.
- - Prisoners will be encouraged to take a responsible attitude to alcohol and drugs, both while in prison and following release, through education, awareness and support.
- - Prisoners who are addicted to drugs or have other medical problems will be offered care and assistance to become drug and alcohol free.
- The Guernsey Prison Drug and Alcohol Strategy mirrors the six pillars of the Bailiwick Drug and Alcohol Strategy, which are:
- - Demand reduction
- - Young people and families
- - Treatment
- - Criminal justice, law enforcement and drug supply reduction
- - Promoting safe and sensible drinking
- - Monitoring and data collection
- The Resettlement Officer works within the Offender Management Unit (OMU). Their aim is to assist prisoners in living law-abiding lives after release. This involves finding a prisoner appropriate and safe accommodation so they have somewhere to live in the community. This involves sorting out licences for people who aren't local to Guernsey. As well as suitable housing the Resettlement Officer will assist the prisoner in finding employment, an ex-offender can struggle to find employment. Whilst in prison they receive help with; job searches, CV writing and interview preparation.
- The Resettlement Officer is also involved with prisoners who are granted Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL). The Officer will identify suitable voluntary work placements as well as paid placements, this involves sorting all paperwork, risk assessing all possible placements and preparing contracts for the ex-offender and new employer.
- The Officer will also sort a deposit account for prisoners who are nearing release so that any savings they have accumulated during their time in prison can be kept safe and secure after release. Passports and other forms of photographic identification will also be sorted by the Resettlement Officer ready for when a prisoner returns to the community.
- If a prisoner needs extra support when in the community then the Resettlement Officer can make arrangements and referrals as they see fit. Caring for Ex-Offenders, careers Advice, Citizens Advice and Mindfulness are just a few of the services that a prisoner can turn to for additional support.
- The Residential Department is responsible for the first night process for new prisoners, personal officers, the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) Scheme, and safer custody and violence reduction.
- Safer custody and violence reduction involves anti-bulling procedures, which means that, following an initial investigation, a prisoner alleged to be bullying can be placed on one of three stages, depending on evidence and severity. Safer custody also involves monitoring prisoners who are at risk of self-harming. This is managed through a process known as Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT), which is an individualised care plan for prisoners. ACCT Assessors are trained to carry out a thorough assessment of the level of risk that a prisoner presents.
- The Residential Department are responsible for locating prisoners on appropriate wings in a cell that is suitable for their needs. If a prisoner with additional needs comes into prison such as an elderly or disabled person the Residential Department would put suitable provisions in place for that person or group of people.
INDUCTION, NEW RECEPTIONS AND THE FIRST NIGHT PROCEDURE
- Guernsey Prison's 'Reception, First Night and Induction Policy' aims to reassure prisoners on initial reception, and provide a safe and caring environment to deal with immediate concerns and needs, in order to help them integrate into Prison life as swiftly and as easily as possible.
- The Prison aims to ensure that all prisoners are equipped to cope with the recognised stresses of coming into Prison and are able to cope with the subsequent stages of their time in custody. Extra support will be offered to any prisoner who is experiencing a time of crisis or is at risk of self-harm or suicide. It is fully understood that each person coming into custody for the first time will have a great deal of information to absorb at a time when they are likely to be under great stress. It is recognised that it would be unlikely for a new prisoner to remember everything they are told during the Reception and First Night Process. Therefore, one of the main objectives of the policy is to identify the elements of Prison life that will be of vital importance to the new prisoner from the moment they enter Guernsey Prison.
- The reception processes for all prisoners are carried out by the Prison Court Officers before they leave Court. When prisoners arrive in the prison, they are located in a first night cell which is suitably equipped for first night use, including tea bags, sugar and powdered milk. A laminated instruction sheet is fixed to the notice board detailing emergency procedures for fire, medical emergencies, use of cell call, availability of a Samaritans phone, and other vital information. Also one application form and one visits booking form will be kept in the first night cells.
- A new prisoner will be expected to sign a compact; this is signed by an officer as well as the prisoner to ensure both parties are aware of what's expected of the other. This compact will inform the prisoner of accepted behaviours throughout their time in prison.
- Each prisoner will be allocated a Primary and Secondary Personal Officer who will likely remain the same throughout their time in prison unless a prisoner requests a change in one or both personal officers. These Officers will make regular contact to ensure that they have the advice and support that they need. There are a number of prisoners who represent their fellow prisoners in groups such as Diversity, Foreign National Support Group, and at the Prisoner Consultation Committee Meeting. Prisoners are able to raise issues with these prisoners for communication to Prison management.
INCENTIVES AND EARNED PRIVILEGES (IEP)
- Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) comes under the umbrella of the Residential Department. The IEP Scheme has three levels; basic, standard and enhanced. Prisoners are categorised according to how fully they comply with the Prison regime and how much they engage with the Offender Management Unit. The IEP level affects the amount of time a prisoner can have for association on the wing. Other earned privileges are likely to be impacted such as their in cell TV, amount of visits they are entitled to and the amount they are able to spend on canteen etc. Any disciplinary offences can impact their IEP status and is likely to result in a demotion after a review. A prisoner is entitled to an IEP level promotion if they receive no warnings or adjudications within a twenty eight day period and if they positively engage with routines and regimes.
- The Security Team work closely with the Joint Intelligence Unit (JIU) to reduce illegal activities and safeguard those in prison and in the community. This Multi-agency working also allows for the collation and analysis of all security intelligence. Information is then distributed as required and actions fed back to the appropriate people. Security will organise random searches as well as searches based on intelligence. Staff are also searched on a regular basis. Mandatory Drugs Tests (MDTs), are organised by Security based on suspicion and when a prisoner is granted Redband or ROTL. Suspicion will arise from intelligence gathered from staff, other prisoners, visitors or outside agencies.
- Security also have overall responsibility for the monitoring of CCTV and phone calls as well as; visits, tool management, prison vehicles the Prison Gate and Control Room. Prison Officers work with the Security Team when organising escorts to Court, the Police station, Guernsey Border Agency etc. Any new staff will undergo training provided by Security, this covers; keys, radios, safety and requirements etc.
- The Works Department provides technical services to support the Prison infrastructure, by undertaking planned preventative maintenance, installation work, and minor and major repairs to essential systems such as; the prison gates, water, heating, lighting and ad-hoc needs around the Prison. Other responsibilities include the management of projects, which involves sourcing materials and undertaking the work, such as the replacement of cell furniture and refurbishing areas.
- The Health and Safety Department is an integral part of the Works Department, and ensures that the prison is a safe and healthy environment for staff, visitors and prisoners. This includes implementing Health and Safety legislation, risk management, maintaining locks and the monitoring and implementation of policies regarding fire safety, sharps, first aid, asbestos and legionella, as well as providing appropriate training in these areas for staff.
- The Administration Office provides administrative, financial, secretarial and general office support to staff, prisoners and external agencies. Some of the responsibilities of the office are to manage and oversee the prisoner complaints system, check sentence calculations, prisoner correspondence and prisoner cash and accounts. In addition, members of the Administration team undertake various projects, and research, produce reports, update and implement procedures, prison orders, and policies, as well as producing agendas and taking minutes at a variety of meetings.
- The Administration Department liaises with the Committee for Home Affairs I.T. staff and H.R. representatives and is required to present regular reports on prison population, key performance targets, risk registers, financial information and statistical data to the Home Board.
- Some prisoners are selected to partake in training to allow them to represent their fellow prisoners. There are Diversity Representatives and Foreign National Support Group. Some prisoners are invited to represent and speak on behalf of other prisoners at the monthly Prisoner Consultation Committee Meeting (PCCM). This meeting offers a forum for prisoners to bring forward any issues or suggestions to senior staff managers. Some prisoners are trained as Listeners. Listeners provide twenty-four hour support to fellow prisoners in need. They are required to listen to other's problems and offer them support in times of distress.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
- Being able to stay in touch with family and friends is an important part of the rehabilitation process for prisoners and is an effective way of reducing the likelihood of re-offending.
- Prisoners may communicate with their family and friends through, phone calls, letters and organised visits. Families may also use the email a prisoner facility to contact them.
- Prisoners are entitled to a number of visits sessions per week, according to their IEP level. These may include children's visits and supervised contact sessions, which may take place in The Cabin which is specific for families with young children. The Cabin is a special purpose built unit used as a Family Centre and is used for supervised contact to allow prisoners to spend time with their children, family and couple therapy, parenting classes, and parent forums.
- Prisoners may write letters to their loved ones, and if they wish, purchase greetings cards for special occasions. Prisoners are also able to communicate with advocates free of charge.
- What to do if a friend or relative is in Prison
- Keeping in touch with the outside world is very important when someone is in Prison. The Guernsey Prison Service staff are available to give advice and assistance on how prisoners can maintain communication with their family and friends, recognising the difficulties that this may pose for non-local prisoners who do not normally live in Guernsey.
- The Guernsey Prison Service has a purpose built visits centre that can accommodate twenty three prisoners and their visitors at any one visits session. The main visits room is bright and airy with separate facilities for disabled access and toilets for both visitors and prisoners. There is a café which sells hot and cold drinks and snacks during the visit sessions.
AGENCIES AND VOLUNTEERS
- A number of agencies and volunteer groups work within the Prison to support prisoners and their families, and assist with their resettlement.
- Some of the agencies working in the Prison include:
- - The College of Further Education
- - Homestart
- - Just Dads
- - Drug Concern
- - Youth Service (Duke of Edinburgh)
- Some of the volunteer groups working in the Prison include:
- - Samaritans
- - Caritas
- - Alcoholics Anonymous
- - Caring for Ex-offenders
- - Guernsey Bereavement
- - Mothers Union
- - Prison fellowship Group/Chaplaincy
MONEY AND PRISON SHOP
- Prisoners earn money for attending purposeful activity sessions which include; work, educational sessions, offending behaviour programmes, and other courses. Prisoners may have a maximum of £50 money handed in to them or sent a cheque or postal order to the Prison. While there is no limit on the amount a cheque or postal order can be for, it will be kept in a clearing account for two weeks. A prisoner's cash account cannot exceed £500.
- Prisoners have a weekly spend limit applied to their cash accounts. The weekly spend limit depends on their current IEP level, which encourages prisoners to engage with the prison regime and sentence plan targets.
- Prisoners are able to save from their weekly allowance into a savings account which will allow them to purchase more expensive items from the available catalogues.
VISITING THE PRISON
- There are some things that you must be aware of before coming into Guernsey Prison.
- - You must be booked in for a social visit by the prisoner.
- - You must bring photographic identification i.e. passport, drivers licence. ID with address.
- - You are not permitted to bring any smoking materials into the Prison, this includes e-cigarettes. Lockers are provided.
- - You are not permitted to bring in any item with the facility to take a photograph. This includes mobile phones, laptops, iPads, iPods etc. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
- - You must not bring with you sharp items
- - Should you bring in drugs of any sort the police will be contacted.
- - If coming in for prison Visits you may bring a maximum of £5 to be spend in the café on refreshments. Only you will be permitted to go to the shop to buy Items
- - You must arrive to your visit at least 15 minutes before the visit start time. If you arrive late you may be turned away.
- - Expect to be searched when entering the prison or visits area.
- - Only Items during the first week that the prisoner has been in prison can be accepted and this must be brought with you to be handed in. Items will not be permitted at any other time.
- - Visiting with children, you are responsible for the children's behaviour
- - Only three adults plus children are permitted on a visit.
- If you are unsure of anything or something seems unclear to you then contact the prison before your visit. Brining in an illicit item is a criminal offence.
- A career in the Prison Service offers variety and challenges; it gives you the opportunity to give something back to the community and allows you to make a difference.
- When joining the Prison Service all officers are required to complete a seven week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) course in the prison. All new officers are enrolled in the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Custodial Care and are required to complete a twelve month probationary period.
- Non-Uniformed Staff/Civil Servant posts are advertised on the gov.gg site, in the Guernsey Press and on various social media outlets.
- The Prison is involved in the yearly Careers Show held at Beau Sejour, if you want more information on applying for an Officer role please contact the Training Manager.