Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Appendix to the Report

Annex C



  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 accommodation—the 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:
RemandSupply drugs
2 monthsNot known
4 monthsBurglary
3.5 yearsWounding
3 yearsManslaughter
8 monthsConspiracy to supply drugs
10 monthsWounding
1.5 yearsRobbery

  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.


  3.  Following an inspection by the Chief Inspector of Prisons in February 2000, a number of recommendations were made, including:

    —  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, including:

    —  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.

KPIPerformance Year To Date Annual Target
EscapesThe number of escapes from prison.
No. of escapes1 0
AssaultsThe number of assaults on staff, prisoners and others.
No. of Assaults521 25
Random drug testingThe rate of positive testing for drugs.
% of positive tests15.0%1 14.6%
Purposeful ActivityThe number of hours which, on average prisoners spend in purposeful activity.
Average purposeful hours per week23.6 24.0
OBPsThe number of prisoners completing programmes accredited as effective in reducing re-offending.

Sex offender treatment programmes0 0
Total OBPs29 10
Cost per placeThe average cost per prisoner.
Cost£22,143 £22,183
SicknessThe amount of days lost through sick absence.
Annualised days/staff14 13
CorrespondenceThe 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.

Non-KPIPerformance Year To Date
Population DataPopulation CNA Op Cap
As at 1 March 2001297 295 324
DeathsThe number of deaths in custody of which self-inflicted
2 3
Random Drug TestingThe rate of testing for drugs Female Local Functional Average
% of pop tested5.8%1 7.6%
Release onThe number of prisoners released Number of Temporary Release Failures
(actual and as %)
Temporary Licence51 1 2.0%
Regime NumbersBasic Standard Enhanced
As at 1 March 20012 206 85
Other Supporting Indicators:Actual Target
Training: Annualised days/staff4.4 6.5
Unlocking for 10 hours+Yes n/a

1 Drugs and Assaults are provisional for up to two months after the reporting period.

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