Regime information for Dartmoor Prison

The introduction of the new Core Day has been implemented with the emphasis on full time employment, whether through education, vocational training, prison industries or in partnership with external industries/workshops.

HMP Dartmoor has a wide range of employment and Resettlement opportunities for prisoners, which we are continually striving to improve.  Education is available full and part time, and ranges from basic educational skills to Open University courses.  Vocational training includes electronics, brickwork and carpentry courses up to City & Guilds NVQ level, painting and decorating courses, industrial cleaning and Desk Top Publishing.  Weston College are now our main provider for education services but we are continuing to work with Duchy College to offer other land based training opportunities. 

Offending behaviour courses include Thinking Skills Programme, A-Z Motivational Training, Substance Misuse, Alcohol and violence and alcohol action programme. Full time employment is available in catering, farms, gardens, laundry, textiles, Braille, contract services, furniture manufacturing (book shelves and garden furniture).  Employment is supported with NVQ or City & Guilds vocational qualifications.  There is very little unemployment and those who are motivated can enjoy excellent training and work facilities.

Uniquely for a closed category C prison, HMP Dartmoor also has a stage 1 and 2 Resettlement unit that facilitates external projects to other stage 2 units such as HMP Leyhill.  Resettlement is emphasised across a wide range of initiatives including working closely with Choices, National Careers Service and many other statutory and voluntary organisation.

The Vulnerable Prisoner Unit receives sex offenders and prepares them for progression to treatment sites.  The aim of Regimes is to promote Resettlement, reduce offending behaviour and promote family ties, in order for prisoners to benefit from their time in prison and lead useful lives on their return to the community.  Family ties are supported through the Story Book Dads project as well as family day visits which offer prolonged relaxed and enjoyable visits each month that do more to repay the inconvenience and expense of travelling to this location.

HM Prison Service


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