Prisoners' families Prison Visitors' Guides HMP Prescoed This guide includes information that you may find useful for the duration of the time your family or friend is a resident at HMP Prescoed. If you notice anything that is incorrect on this page, please contact us on [email protected] Any further information can be found on the prison website at justice.gov.uk/contacts/prison-finder/usk-prescoed-usk or you can ring the main switchboard on 01291 671600. On 24th March 2020 the Government announced that all prison visits are temporarily cancelled until further notice. Read the full announcement here. Remember, there are other ways to contact your loved ones: Exchange voice messages using the Prison Voicemail Send emails using the Email A Prisoner Write a letter to them. You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline for advice and support on all aspects of the criminal justice system: Call 0808 808 2003 (9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm at the weekend) Email the team on [email protected] Fill in a contact form and request a call back at www.prisonersfamilies.org If you are worried about your loved one while they are a resident at this prison, you can contact the Safer Custody team. Address: HMP Prescoed Coed Y Paen Pontypool Monmouthshire NP4 0TB Governor: Giles Mason Pact Worker contact: Sarah Hoar & Jac Holloway Emergency contact: 0800 4969921 Visitors’ Centre Telephone: 01291 675056 Visiting Times Monday No Visits Tuesday No Visits Wednesday 13:45 – 15:45 Thursday No Visits Friday No Visits Saturday 13:45 – 15:45 Sunday 13:45 – 15:45 Booking a visit: At HMP Prescoed, visits can only be booked internally. All adults and children must have Identification; for more information regarding Identification, please see Identification Policy below. At your visit Visits can be extremely emotional and the process can be confusing. All prisons have differing processes for making visits and also differing security checks. Identification Policy All visitors, including children attending HMP Prescoed for domestic visits, must have some form of formal identification. This can be a driving licence, passport, birth certificate or a utility bill. If you do not have a passport or driving license you can order a citizen ID card. The cost of the application to date is £10 for delivery within 21 working days, or £30 for fast track next day delivery. You can find out more at www.citizencard.com. Children’s Identification Policy Photo identification must be provided. Dress code For security, health and safety reasons, some prisons have a specific dress code for visitors and others have a more relaxed policy, making assessments on a case by case basis. At the time we compiled this information, this prison had no specific dress code in place for visitors, however, visitors are asked to ‘dress appropriately’. The prison may not have defined what it considers appropriate, but you can be refused a visit if staff think you are not dressed appropriately when you arrive. In our experience, some of the items of clothing that are often deemed inappropriate by prisons include: revealing or see-through clothing, low cut tops, bare midriffs, dresses and skirts that are above knee-length, scarves, sunglasses, vests worn as a single garment, stiletto heels (or heels above 2.5 inches), slogan t-shirts that could be considered offensive, ripped jeans, hoodies, steel-toe capped shoes/boots, cloaks, capes, ponchos or other clothing that could prevent staff from observing sufficiently (unless worn for religious purposes), Smart watches, hats or head-wear (unless worn for religious purposes), open-toe shoes or flip flops. You will generally not be allowed in the visits hall wearing a coat. If you are unsure about whether your clothing meets the criteria, please do contact the Visitors’ Centre beforehand and double check. If in any doubt, please avoid any of the above. If on arrival you find that there is a specific policy at this prison, please do let us know so that we can update this page. You can email us at [email protected]. What can I bring in for my children? All baby items that you require (e.g. nappies, dummies and baby wipes) are permitted. Food and drink A selection of hot and cold beverages, snacks and sweets are available for purchase at HMP Prescoed‘s coffee and tea bar. There are also speciality coffees available. If you would like to know more specific information on what you can bring, please contact the prison directly on the details at the top of the page. Money You cannot give money to the prisoner during a visit. All money for prisoners must either be posted in via Cheques, Postal Orders or via the new scheme ‘GOV.UK Pay’ where you can now use this service to make a payment by Visa, MasterCard or Maestro debit card. If you are sending money via Cheques or Postal Orders, these need to be made payable to “The Governor”, and the prisoners’ name and prison number must be written on the back, as well as the name and address of the sender. Please post these via either Special or Recorded Delivery. This will also assist should the money go astray. The ‘GOV UK Pay’ scheme is free, secure and the money usually takes around 3 working days to reach a prisoner’s account. For more information about the ‘GOV UK Pay’ scheme and/or to sign up, please visit their website - https://www.gov.uk/send-prisoner-money Banned items Do not attempt to bring any of the following into prison during your visit: illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons, a camera, a mobile phone, indecent or obscene material, material that threatens the security of the prison, material that is written in code. If you are unsure what you can bring, contact the prison directly. Financial Assistance for Visits If you are on a low income or receive benefits you may be entitled to financial assistance for the cost of visiting your relative in prison. Help is provided by the Assisted Prison Visits Unit (APVU). Click here for more information. Keeping in touch Phone To speak to a prisoner on the phone, the prisoner has to call you using a prison phone. Prison staff can listen to and record most types of call. Some calls are not monitored, for example, when a prisoner calls a legal advisor. Letters Letters to prisoners should be addressed to: HMP Prescoed Coed Y Paen Pontypool Monmouthshire NP4 0TB (Prisoners name and prison number) You must write your own name and address on the back of the envelope or it will not be delivered to the prisoner. If you do not know the prisoners’ prison number, please address the envelope as above with the prisoner’s date of birth next to his name. Email Prescoed uses a service called Email a Prisoner, which can be accessed here. Through this service, family and friends can send a message which is printed out and delivered by prison staff by hand. Once you have signed up, you will receive an activation link via email which you must click on in order to activate your account and send a message. You must buy a minimum of £5 credit in order to use the service, which runs at a cost of 40p per email and at no charge to the recipient. Text Log on to Email a Prisoner and register your mobile. Enter the recipient’s prison number and leave a space. Then begin typing your message. Send the message to 07537400359 and press ‘SEND’. Sending Property to a Prisoner As of 31 July 2015, all property must be posted in; nothing can be handed in at the prison. All prisoners are able to buy the items that they want or need through the approved suppliers, whose catalogues are available in the Prison. Any prisoner wishing to have property posted in must first make an application to Property Services in Reception; this means completing an application form. The application needs to include the details of all the property that he wishes to have posted in. Only once the application has been approved should the items be sent to the prisoner. Please note that any parcels received prior to the application being approved will be returned unopened. Photographs and postal orders must also always be posted in. Only court clothes can be posted in without the need for an application being made first. The parcel must be clearly marked as ‘court clothes’ and cannot contain any other additional items. Court clothes are defined as the following: suit trousers or skirt, shirt or blouse, jacket, tie, shoes, belt (no large buckles). Should there be any additional items within the package, they will be returned, and nothing will be passed on to the prisoner. Please note that court clothes are held in reception until the prisoner is actually going to court. Lastly, jeans, t-shirts and trainers will not be accepted as court clothes. A printable version of this Visitors' Guide is available for download here: Prescoed A printable version of this Visitors' Guide translated into Welsh is available for download here: Prescoed in Welsh Further Information If you are worried that your loved one is at immediate risk please call the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003 (from 9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday).