Category Archives: Prison – Erlestoke

Smoking ban to come into effect in prisons

prisoner-smokingSmoking will be banned in all prisons in Wales and four in south-west England from next year, the government has said.

It is the first stage of a plan to make all jails in England and Wales smoke-free.

And from next month, smoking will be barred in the interior of all “open” prisons in England and Wales.

Earlier this year, the Prison Governors Association said a smoking ban risked making jails more unstable.

Its new president, Andrea Albutt, said tobacco could become an illicit currency.

A smoke-free policy will be implemented in all prisons in Wales – Cardiff, Parc, Swansea and Usk/Prescoed – from January 2016, and at four English prisons – Exeter, Channings Wood, Dartmoor and Erlestoke – from March 2016.

Duchess Visits Erlestoke Prison

The Duchess of Cornwall has met inmates and the volunteers who help keep them connected to their families during a visit to a prison in Wiltshire. Camilla chatted with prisoners at HMP Erlestoke near Devizes and met helpers who have stepped in to ferry relatives from the local train station to the facility on visiting… Continue Reading

HM Prison Erlestoke – a well-led and effective prison

HMP Erlestoke was safe, decent and purposeful and well focused on rehabilitation, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training jail in Wiltshire. HMP Erlestoke was last inspected in 2011 and was said to be improving by inspectors. This inspection found those improvements had… Continue Reading