Regime information for Wealstun Prison
Regime includes education (full/part-time in Education dept and in work areas), production workshops, training courses (notably constructions skills, industrial cleaning, IT, catering), and gardens. Various types of offending behaviour groups are available e.g. TSP, Resolve and drug and alcohol awareness programmes.
Other special features include: a Listener Scheme, (supported by the Samaritans and prison officers) Peer Support, Race Equality representatives and a prisoners information desk.
A range of facilities is offered by external agencies including Alcoholics Anonymous, Gambling Anonymous, Leeds Health Promotion (Health Fair/HIV/Sexual Health etc) and Victim Support.
Wealstun is served by NHS Leeds and has type 1 healthcare centre status. There is a part-time medical officer with an on-call facility. The prison makes use of NHS services e.g. referrals, in-patients, laboratory facilities, HIV/AIDS – specialist drugs, hepatitis B and C – specialist drugs and consultations.
The Drug Strategy is delivered through Supply Reduction and Treatment & Support Action Groups.
It is recognised that the presence of illicit drugs in the prison undermines all aspects decency in prison life therefore a robust stance is taken against all persons engaged in the supply and use of illicit drugs. A comprehensive strategy to deter, disrupt and detect the supply of drugs operates, including the proactive use of education, intelligence, drug detection equipment, search dogs, Mandatory Drug Testing, restricted visits and legislation to provide a safer environment for all persons living, working and visiting the prison.
A treatment and support pathway is available for those individuals that have drug misuse issues to ensure that needs are appropriately assessed, treated and the care plan supported to enable real progression towards a life without drugs. Services include healthcare, IDTS, CARATs, PASRO drug treatment programmes, a drug support wing, compact based drug testing, peer support, Narcotics/ Alcoholics Anonymous, offender supervision and a personal officer scheme.
Wealstun has strong links through its contractual drug workers and proactive staff with a full range of community based drug agencies in the catchment area for the prison.
Wealstun expect individuals to tackle offence related behaviour to reduce the risk of re-offending and harm to the public. This must involve active participation in meeting sentence plan targets and demonstrating good citizenship and acceptable behaviour. The extent to which individuals have demonstrated is a significant factor when considering progression through the Incentives & Earned Privilege Scheme, Re-Categorisation, temporary and early release.