Regime information for Usk/Prescoed (Prescoed) Prison

Cape Unit at Prescoed is a substance abuse free unit where prisoners have signed a Voluntary Testing Compact, with specialist support available such as Enhanced Thinking Skills programmes, Personal Officer Schemes, Sentence Planning and Drug Counselling.

Learning & Skills

The main building has Classrooms, Computer Room, Discussion/ Video Room and offers part-time general education. The second unit contains Library, Training Kitchen, and Open Learning Room. A third building houses the Design and Information Technology workshop. A fourth building houses BICSc Training Workshop. Open Monday to Friday 08.30 - 11.45 & 13.15 - 16.30. Evening classes Monday and Tuesday 18.30 – 20.00 cover IT, theory driving test practise and general IT drop in session. A broad range of education is covered. Those on part time education do not lose pay for attending classes. Prisoners are interviewed by the Learning and Skills Department in their first week at Prescoed.

Vocational Training

The Farm is the main employer at Prescoed, which has a 420 acre dairy farm a short distance from the establishment. The farm has 120 milking cows plus young stock, along with a small herd of Pedigree Welsh Black cattle. There is also a sawmill from which wood products are being developed by prisoners and staff from the 160 acre woodland. The farm is an accredited lift truck training centre through RTITB. Part- time education and vocational training, catering, horticulture and BICS cleaning account for other employment opportunities at Prescoed.


A part- time Doctor and 5 nursing staff cover Prescoed and the nearby HMP Usk Prison. Dental needs are met by a community dentist in Usk and a clinic is run fortnightly but emergencies can be seen as required. The chiropodist attends the prison as required when sufficient patients require his services. The nursing staff sees any patients with urgent needs Mon-Fri 07.30 to 08.15. There are no nurses available at the weekends but a nurse can deal with emergency health problem by telephone. The doctor's surgeries are Mondays at 9 am, Tues and Thursdays at 2 pm.


The resettlement department consists of one PO, one SO and six officers with two administrative assistants. The main role of the resettlement department is to assist prisoners in developing skills or receiving training to enable them to gain employment. At the appropriate time of their sentence, prisoners will be risk assessed to enable them to be released from the prison on licence in order to work out in the community and the resettlement department is responsible for co-ordinating the risk assessments, licences and work placements.

Gymnasium & Sports

One PESO and 3 PEIs serve both Prescoed and HMP Usk. On Camp there is a well equipped weight and fitness room, a small sports hall is located in a Nissen hut which limits many activities. Although there is an opportunity for prisoners to play in an outside football league as Prescoed has a team which plays in a local league although all matches are played at home. The main priority of the PE department at present is providing prisoners with evening and weekend PE sessions due to the Resettlement commitments of the majority of Prescoed prisoners. The only educational course that is being run at Prescoed at present is First Aid and Heart start, culminating in an OCN qualification.


Full time Catholic in Wales Chaplain, Part time Roman Catholic and Methodist ministers serve both Prescoed and HMP Usk. There are attractive chapels and Minority Faith Room. Imam and ministers of other faiths visit when necessary. Main services Sunday morning and weekly programme of religious groups and meetings.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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