40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 14 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 7

Equality and Diversity Around 24 per cent of prisoners are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. They were positive about equality and raised similar concerns to white prisoners. Women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds participated in forums and received good, individual support. The equalities officer saw gypsy, Roma and traveller women individually. These women … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 14 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 7

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 13 Prison Officer Diary: when the shit hits the van

Four on four off shifts were hard to get used to. I am into my third day of a 4-day 14-hour shift and it’s knackering. Even if there is 4 days to look forward to being in here for this number of hours in a short time frame is not good. Today we had to … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 13 Prison Officer Diary: when the shit hits the van

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 12 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 6

Escorts and transfers to and from prison Long waits in court in the large catchment area meant too many women arrived late at the prison. Women were not consistently provided with written information either in court or in transfer to Mayfield. In our survey 39 per cent of women said they spent over two hours … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 12 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 6

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 11 Prison Officer Diary: the first day

Today is the first day of my new endeavour. Six weeks of training, learning how to be a Prison Officer was being put to use. Due to me already been able to read court paperwork I was assigned to the reception. First day was an afternoon shift and up to about fourish it was pretty … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 11 Prison Officer Diary: the first day

40 Days in Mayfield women’s Prison; Chapter 10 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 5

Victimisation, Abuse and Vulnerability The prison survey found that 56% of women had experienced domestic abuse and that 31% were experiencing it at the time they came into custody. The prison adopted a supportive and sensitive approach to helping women deal with abuse. This included a well thought out process for asking women during induction … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield women’s Prison; Chapter 10 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 5

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 9 Teacher Diary: the first class

I took a class today.  It turned out to be not very demanding. Only four women turned up. The teaching assistant Ruth was there assisting me and told me that she was in for drugs related offences, though she had now been clean for nine months. She said she was interested in qualifying as a … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 9 Teacher Diary: the first class

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 8 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 4

Safeguarding arrangements had significantly improved and new policies had embedded well. Effective measures were in place to support women with complex needs and those who were the most at risk. Security was well managed and the systems in place to identify and manage risks were good. Security meetings were well attended, and there were excellent … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 8 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 4

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 1 Teacher Diary: the interview

Since moving to London from Devon a year or so ago I had had several jobs, none of which were permanent.  I mostly got these jobs through agencies, with the best one in my experience being Barnes Agency in Ovalham, southwest London.  I had completed my previous assignment, a fairly routine office job, and was … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 1 Teacher Diary: the interview

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 2: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 1

HMP Mayfield is a complex closed women's prison run by Paratech Justice Services. It holds up to 587 women, including all categories - those remanded by the courts, those serving short sentences, and a number serving life sentences. Ages range from 18 to over 70.  It also holds restricted status women, or women who are … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 2: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 1

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 3 Teacher Diary: the class observation

There were about 10 women in the class I observed Megan teaching. They were a mixed age group with younger women predominating. There were two older women from Jamaica in the class, probably in prison for trying to smuggle drugs through Smithson airport: many prisoners are in Mayfield for this.  I was sitting beside a … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 3 Teacher Diary: the class observation

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 4 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 2

As at the last inspection the weakest outcomes were in the provision of purposeful activity. The findings of this report in this area are as follows.  Time out of cell was reasonable although some women were locked up during the day and could have been more purposefully occupied. The range of vocational training had improved … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 4 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 2

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 5 Teacher Diary: the job begins

My first day working at Mayfield. The weather was very bad: it was cold and pouring with rain. I got the bus to the train station and arrived at Mayfield just before 8:00 AM.  As before, I handed my mobile in at security.  Jasmin met me and took me up to the education area, where … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 5 Teacher Diary: the job begins

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 6 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 3

Safety At the last inspection we found that outcomes for women in Mayfield were reasonably good against healthy prison tests. We made 15 recommendations in the area of safety. At this follow up inspection we found that nine of the recommendations had been achieved, two had been partially achieved, one had not been achieved and … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 6 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 3

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 7 Teacher Diary: learning more about the job

I started the day at work once again shadowing Megan. I was learning a lot and I also managed to do some work with the students. I was impressed with the way that a young woman about 20 years old helped Diana, another young woman, who is particularly difficult to deal with. It is good … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 7 Teacher Diary: learning more about the job