BACKGROUND NOTE ON EASTWOOD PARK PRISON,
YOUNG OFFENDER INSTITUTION AND REMAND CENTRE
Eastwood Park re-opened as a multi-role women's
prison after refurbishment in 1996. It is soon to have a mother
and baby unit. The governor is Peter Winkley who reports to Niall
Clifford, the Head of the Female Operational Management Group
and will be present during the visit.
2. Eastwood Park's CNA (certified normal
accommodationthe number of prisoners which can be held
without overcrowding) is 280, the operational capacity 328 and
the total population (on 6 April 2001) was 294, made up of 156
sentenced adults, 86 adult remands, 16 young offenders and 36
convicted young offenders. The prison accommodates those serving
short, medium and long-term sentences and those preparing for
release. As of 10 April 2001, there were 10 Welsh offenders. Their
offences and sentences are as follows:
|2 months||Not known|
|8 months||Conspiracy to supply drugs
There have been three deaths at Eastwood Park in the last
12 months; in one the Coroner recorded death by misadventure.
In the other two a date has yet to be arranged for the inquest.
HM CHIEF INSPECTOR
3. Following an inspection by the Chief Inspector of
Prisons in February 2000, a number of recommendations were made,
Provision of a Mother and Baby Unit (currently
the nearest unit is at Holloway prison);
Training for healthcare staff in the management
of drug users and a review of detoxification procedures;
Greater efforts to recruit female Governor grades
and staff from ethnic minorities;
Better translation services and foreign language
materials for prisoners from overseas;
Resolution of severe staffing problems in the
Physical Education Department.
As with all HMCIP reports, an action plan to tackle these
issues is being implemented.
4. A number of areas of good practice were commended,
The Personal Officer scheme;
Writers in Residence were working with staff and
prisoners on an anti-bullying video;
The development of enhanced thinking skills and
other offending behaviour programmes;
The work of the Psychology Department in helping
to reduce re-offending.
The Chief Inspector commented that the staff and Governor
of Eastwood Park prison were putting in a lot of hard work in
attempting to address the needs of a diverse prisoner population.
5. Eastwood Park offer both full and part-time education
courses, training courses as well as places in workshops, offending
behaviour programmes, farms and gardens and employment preparation.
A number of prisoners have been trained to act as listeners to
other prsioners who may have anxieties about being held in custody.
6. A full-time medical officer is available and referrals
for specialist services are made to the NHS locally.
Types of drugs found in random mandatory drug
tests and their precentage: 41 per cent opiates, 17.5 per cent
cannabis, 34 per cent benzodiazepine and 8 per cent others. Approximately
70 per cent of receptions to the prison arrive with a history
of drug misuse. Heroin is the drug of choice. Cannabis use is
generally low, and if considered with the fact that it remains
detectable after use for 28 days, may, in fact, be less prevalent
than the use of crack cocaine.
8. A counselling, assessment, referral, advice and throughcare
services (CARATs) worker is undertaking assessments full-time.
There is detoxification provision for all drugs and alcohol. The
voluntary testing unit provides full-time support to those wanting
to stay drug free. An accredited drug and alcohol course is run
through the education contract. Yoga is also provided through
the education contract. A non-accredited drug education course
called Info-Buzz specifically for young offenders is provided
by an outside contractor. These services are supported by £85,000
from the Comprehensive Spending Review.
9. Details of Eastwood Park's performance against key
performance indicators follows this note.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR SUMMARY
|KPI||Performance Year To Date
||Annual Target |
|Escapes||The number of escapes from prison.
|No. of escapes||1 ||0
|Assaults||The number of assaults on staff, prisoners and others.
|No. of Assaults||521
|Random drug testing||The rate of positive testing for drugs.
|% of positive tests||15.0%1
|Purposeful Activity||The number of hours which, on average prisoners spend in purposeful activity.
|Average purposeful hours per week||23.6
|OBPs||The number of prisoners completing programmes accredited as effective in reducing re-offending.
|Sex offender treatment programmes||0
|Total OBPs||29 ||10
|Cost per place||The average cost per prisoner.
|Sickness||The amount of days lost through sick absence.
|Correspondence||The rate of correspondence replied to in target.
|% of correspondence replied to in target
||100.0% ||95% |
1 Drugs and Assaults data are provisional for up to two months
after the reporting period.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR SUMMARY
|Non-KPI||Performance Year To Date
||CNA ||Op Cap |
|As at 1 March 2001||297
||295 ||324 |
|Deaths||The number of deaths in custody
||of which self-inflicted
|Random Drug Testing||The rate of testing for drugs
||Female Local Functional Average
|% of pop tested||5.8%1
|Release on||The number of prisoners released
||Number of Temporary Release Failures|
(actual and as %)
||1 ||2.0% |
||Standard ||Enhanced |
|As at 1 March 2001||2
||206 ||85 |
|Other Supporting Indicators:||Actual
|Training: Annualised days/staff||4.4
|Unlocking for 10 hours+||Yes
1 Drugs and Assaults are provisional for up to two months after
the reporting period.