Standard 2 – Decency
The prison supplies the basic requirements of decent life to the prisoners.
The prison provides to all prisoners the basic physical requirements for a decent life. All buildings, rooms, outdoor spaces and activity areas are of adequate size, well maintained, appropriately furnished, clean and hygienic. Each prisoner has a bed, bedding and suitable clothing, has good access to toilets and washing facilities, is provided with necessary toiletries and cleaning materials and is properly fed. These needs are met in ways that promote each prisoner’s sense of personal and cultural identity and self‑respect.
Overall Rating: Satisfactory performance
Viewing the prison buildings, accommodation and facilities, it appeared that they were fit for purpose and maintained to an appropriate standard.
A number of cells were viewed during the inspection, and appeared to be of a standard design and were noted to be of good size with adequate ventilation and lighting. All cells viewed had an in‑cell shower, hand basin and toilet. The majority of cells were allocated as single cells, which was clearly popular with prisoners, and gave a sense of ‘belonging’ and something that the majority of prisoners took pride in maintaining to a good standard. There was a method of communication from every cell via a ‘call‑bell’ system and this was monitored both within the hall and the Hub, which sat immediately adjacent to the hall.
The areas outwith the halls appeared to be of a good quality and size and had appropriate furnishings for the activities taking place. There were occasions when it was noted that conversations that could be considered private took place in the open areas of the halls, which meant that it was possible that these conversations could be overheard.
A number of areas within the establishment were extremely clean including the areas outwith the halls. While it was noted that the majority of cellular accommodation appeared clean, it was also noted that other cells did not appear to be up to a similar level of cleanliness, but it was felt that this was more down to the individual prisoners within those cells. Staff should work with those prisoners to support and encourage them to take an interest in their personal cleanliness. Within each hall, there were designated store areas that contained an appropriate amount of materials for cleaning the halls and individual cells. Prisoners commented positively on the time that was afforded to them to both shower and maintain their cells appropriately.
The Infection Control Guidance was viewed and was considered appropriate in its content. It was also noted that there was current documentation relating to Biohazard Recognition of Achievement. Staff spoke confidently about their knowledge of how to get biohazard material cleaned from within the hall.
There were a number of mattresses that were ripped and damaged quite badly. It was further noted that one mattress in particular was seen to be covered in what appeared to be a significant amount of mould which was also seen on the bed frame. Inspectors welcomed the immediate response and replacement of these mattresses during the inspection, and the 100% check of all mattresses that was conducted following the inspection. The bedding was of reasonable quality, and prisoners spoke positively about being able to have their own bedding sent to the establishment.
There was an industrial washing machine available for use within each hall, and prisoners spoke positively about being able to use the washing machine during the evening. The majority of prisoners commented that they were aware of the process that could be followed in the case of damaged or lost laundry items. There was a process whereby prisoners had the opportunity to send clothing and bedding to an external laundry, and this process appeared to work well.
Within each hall, there is a ready supply of basic toiletries available to prisoners at no cost.
Prisoners were positive about being able to wear their own clothes within the halls as it gave them a sense of being an ‘individual’, thereby helping to increase self‑esteem. Outwith the hall, prisoners were required to wear prison issue clothing. There was appropriate clothing available for prisoners who were working outdoors, particularly during inclement weather.
The majority of prisoners spoke positively about the meals that were provided, though some would like more choice. Meals were ordered through the Kiosk facility within the halls and there were no significant issues highlighted in relation to this process. Menus were prepared on a four‑week cycle, and the menus viewed clearly made provision for a range of dietary needs including medical, cultural and vegetarian, etc. All food within the establishment was prepared in line with the Healthy Living Award 2017‑2019, and documentation was made available to support this. It was reported that food forum meetings involving prisoners were held twice per year, but other meetings could be arranged on an ad‑hoc basis if required.
Upon commencing working in the kitchen, prisoners undergo a comprehensive training programme. This was recorded in the Training Pack for Kitchen Workers. This pack was extremely comprehensive and covered a variety of job roles within the kitchen.