Prison - Going into prison
Going into prison can be a very difficult time. It can also be a difficult time for your carers, relatives, or friends, who may be supporting you in prison. There is help and support for you and your loved ones. This section looks at the types of prisons in England, and what happens when you first go in.
- There are different types of prisons and prisoners. Prisons have different categories, based on your risk and behaviour.
- There are different prisons for men and women. There are not as many prisons for women.
- There are also prisons, and other facilities, for younger people.
- When you first arrive in prison, reception staff will assess you. This is an important time for you to tell staff about any health problems you have, and any medication you are taking.
This section covers:
- What are the different categories of prison and prisoner?
- What are the different types of prisoners?
- What happens when I first arrive in prison?
- What else do I need to know when I arrive?
- My friend or relative is going into prison- where can I get advice?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in December 2017. Next review November 2020.
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