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Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards

A national body representing those who monitor the treatment and rehabilitation of adults and young people in prison and other secure establishments; includes details of membership, publications, and events.

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. theBLUESKYway

Clean Sheet

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.

Hibiscus Initiatives

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.

HMP Huntercombe

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.

Inside Time

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.

Kainos Community

Provides rehabilitative services to prisoners and through the gate mentoring. kainoscommunity

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.

National Association of Official Prison Visitors

Provides a history of prison visiting and presents information for anyone wishing to join this association and take up prison visiting work.

Northern Ireland Prison Service

Official site describing the service and its institutions, services provided for prisoners, and information for visitors.

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. prisonadvice

Prison Chat UK

Offers a chat room and forum for anyone with a loved one inside the British prison system.

Prisoners Abroad

Offers advice, information and other services to British prisoners held abroad and their families. Includes factsheets and newsletters.

Prisoners' Advice Service

Independent legal charity providing legal advice and representation to adult prisoners in the UK.

Prisoners' Education Trust

Aims to provide education and training for people in person.

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.

Shannon Trust

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.

Trail-Blazers Mentoring Ltd

A national charity that reduces re-offending among young people through providing volunteer mentors.

Women in Prison

Supports and campaigns for women offenders and ex-offenders. Features online magazine and details of current projects.

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