What happens when I arrive?
- A list of the property you have with you will be made. You will be allowed to keep some property, the rest will be stored and given to you when you leave.
- You will have a shower and be given your prison number. You will also see a member of the healthcare team for an assessment.
- Soon after your arrival you should have an interview with a prison officer to make sure you know who you can turn to for advice and support.
- You will have an induction so you know how prison life works and what your responsibilities are.
How can my friends/family find out where I am if I can’t get hold of them to inform them?
They can contact the Prisoner Location Service (address: PO Box 2152, Birmingham, B15 1SD, fax: 0121 626 3474). They will need to provide: their full name; date of birth; address; why they are making the enquiry; your full name and any other names you go by; your date of birth. The Prisoner Location Service will then pass on the person’s details to you and see if you consent for the Service to disclose your location.
How do people arrange visits to see me?
Each prison has different visiting times and rules on how visits are booked. Prison details and visiting information can be found by going to the Prison Service website and locating your prison.
If you have been convicted, you will need to arrange for a visiting order to be sent to the person as they will need to bring this with them when they come to see you.
How often you are allowed a visit depends on whether you are on remand or whether you have been convicted. In summary, if you are on remand you should be allowed at least three visits a week for a minimum of an hour in length. If you have been convicted you should be allowed a visit on reception and then at least one visit every two weeks for a minimum of an hour.
A great website for you to look at is http://www.firsttimeinprison.co.uk/ This website tells you pretty much everything you need to know from the moment you are taken from the court dock to the prison to the moment you are released. Read it!