Prison Service Orders (PSOs)

There are a number of rules, regulations and guidelines by which prisons are run. These are outlined in Prison Service Instructions (PSIs) and Prison Service Orders (PSOs). PSOs were issued until 31 July 2009.

They are long-term mandatory instructions which are intended to last indefinitely and as such do not have an expiry date. PSOs remain in force until replaced by a PSI or cancelled. The published PSO Numerical index confirms which PSOs have been cancelled or replaced by a PSI.  

PSO Numerical Index (PDF 0.14mb)

Subject Index (PDF 0.13mb)

0100 - the prison rules 1999

All Prison Rules (Legislation website)

0101 - YOI rules

All YOI rules (Legislation website)

0150 - civil justice system

0160 - magistrates training visits to prisons

0200 - standards manual

0250 - self audit

0400 - corporate issues chapter 2 prisoners information book

0400a - corporate issues chapter 1 flags

0905 - operation of the police national computer

1025 - the person escort record

1030 - video links from courts

1215 - professional standards preventing and handling staff wrongdoing

1251 - national archives

1300 - investigations

1310 - anti fraud strategy

1600 - use of force

1700 - segregation (Zip 3mb)

1810 - maintaining order in prisons

2205 - offender assessment and sentence management

2300 - resettlement

2350 - housing needs assessment

2400 - democratic therapeutic communities

2510 - prisoners requests and complaints procedures

2600 - legal issues relating to prisoners

3050 - continuity of healthcare for prisoners

3100 - clinical governance quality in prison healthcare

3200 - health promotion

3550 - clinical services

3601 - mandatory drugs testing

3625 - testing of external drug workers

3630 - carats

3802 - management of inadvertent exposure to asbestos

3805 - zoonotic infections

3842 - radiation safety for dental and medical x ray equipment

3843 - radiation safety xray equipment

4190 - strategy for working with the voluntary and community sector

4350 - effective regime interventions

4360 - correctional services accreditation panel

4400 - prisoner communications - chapter 3

4405 - assisted prison visits

4445 - civil partnerships

4450 - marriage of prisoners

4455 - requests from prisoners to change their name

4460 - prisoners pay

4480 - prisoners representative associations

4600 - unconvicted unsentenced and civil prisoners

4615 - prolific and other priority offenders strategy

4625 - productions in civil proceedings

4650 - prisoners voting rights

4695 - DNA sampling of prisoners

4700 - indeterminate sentence manual

4800 - women prisoners

4960 - detention under section 92

5400 - transport manual

5800 - estate management chapter 1

5901 - maintenance of prison service buildings

6000 - parole release and recall

6100 - the bail system

6101 - bail information schemes

6200 - transfer of prisoners

6300 - release on temporary license (ROTL)

6700 - home detention curfew

7850 - interface between ccg and area managers

8260 - custodial care NVQ levels 2 and 3

8404 - management of attendance

8410 - flexible working hours

8525 - poa local dispute resolution

8550 - staff grievance procedures after 30th March 2009

8625 - staff fitness strategy

8800 - corporate image & uniform

8805 - identification of prison staff

9030 - handling and approval of requests for it

9035 - hard charging for IT and telephony infrastructure

9050 - functional mailboxes

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