Prison - Going into prison
Going into prison can be a very daunting time, being away from friends and family and not knowing what to expect. It is also a difficult time for your carers, relatives or friends who may be supporting you in prison. There are sources of help and support for you and your loved ones. This section looks at the types of prisons in England and Wales, and what happens when you first go in.
- There are different types of prisons and prisoners, under a category system. This is based on risk and behaviour.
- There are different prisons for men and women. Most prisons are for men. There are fewer prisons for women.
- There are also prisons and other facilities for younger people.
- When you first arrive in prison, prison reception staff will assess you. This is an important time for you to make staff aware of any health problems you have and medication you are taking.
This section covers:
- What are the different categories of prison and prisoner?
- What are the different types of prisoner?
- What happens when I first arrive in prison?
- What else do I need to know when I arrive?
- Friends and family of prisoners
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in November 2015. Next review November 2017.
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