BBC News: Prison Tour
Provides an online tour of Chelmsford prison previously used for the filming of the comedy programme Porridge. Includes facts, images and highlights their security measures.
BBC News: Prisons in the UK
Offers an informative look inside one of the UK's prison's and offers details of prison life with images and facts.
Bent Bars Project
A letter-writing project for LGBTQ prisoners in Britain; includes resources and links, how to get involved, FAQ, and contacts.
Blue Sky Development & Regeneration
The charity and social enterprise that offers paid jobs, training, housing support and mentoring solely to ex-offenders to reduce re-offending.
A Christian charity, empowering local churches and employers to support prisoners and ex-offenders into the world of work by offering a unique 3-Step Pathway from prison to employment.
Supports voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families. Describes the group's services, publications and advisory activities.
Email a Prisoner
Facilitates sending emails to inmates at participating UK and Irish prisons. Includes FAQ about how the system works.
The Griffins Society
Researches and promotes effective practice in working with women who are in prison or subject to criminal justice interventions in the community. Includes glossary and information on their fellowship programme.
Set up in 1986 by Olga Heaven MBE to empower and champion the rights of Black, minority ethnic and refugee migrant women serving a custodial sentence, released into the community or returned to their home country.
HM Prison Service
Manages prisons throughout England and Wales; includes information about the service and policies, details for friends and relatives, and an A-to-Z of prison establishments.
HM Prison Service: Wales
An official government site with details of prisons and prison services in Cardiff, Swansea, Usk and Parc.
Category C adult male establishment holding a solely foreign national population in order to support government priorities on the deportation of foreign national offenders.
Independent Monitoring Boards
Independent, unpaid and work an average of 3-4 visits per month. Their role is to monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison or removal centre and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.
Provides a specialist advice and casework service for those bereaved after a death in custody; describes their services and campaigns, with resources and contacts.
National monthly online newspaper for the prison population. Also contains a subsite, "Inside Information" which offers extensive information and advice for prisoners and their families.
Jigsaw Visitors’ Centre
A registered charity that works in partnership with HMP Leeds to manage visitor bookings and offer support to those visiting their loved ones.
Provides rehabilitative services to prisoners and through the gate mentoring.
Langley House Trust
Specialist support for ex-offenders; housing, care, mental health and substance misuse.
Margaret Carey Foundation
Delivers community and prison-based work projects, restoring wheelchairs and bicycles to be given to communities in need in the UK and overseas.
Not Shut Up
Magazine written and read by people inside London’s prisons. Includes subscription information.
PACT - Prison Advice and Care Trust
Charity working for the welfare of prisoners and their families. Offers information on volunteers and visitor centres as well as news, case studies and details of the Trust's "First Night in Custody" service.
Prison Chat UK
Offers a chat room and forum for anyone with a loved one inside the British prison system.
Offers advice, information and other services to British prisoners held abroad and their families. Includes factsheets and newsletters.
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
Independent investigator of complaints from prisoners and those subject to probation supervision; also responsible for investigating deaths of prisoners and residents of probation hostels and immigration detention accommodation.
The Scottish Prison Service
Describes the service, with information about their prisons, recruitment, and a collection of reports and documents.
Runs the Toe by Toe reading plan, which encourages prisoners who can read to give one to one peer tuition to those who cannot. Includes a history of the project, newsletters and success stories.
Women in Prison
Supports and campaigns for women offenders and ex-offenders. Features online magazine and details of current projects.