2018 – 27 – visits
On a normal domestic visit, all the prison is required to provide is a minimum of 1 hour. The number of visits a prisoner can get each month varies between 2 – 5, depending on whether they are Enhanced, Standard, or on Basic regime.
On my last visit there were 26 prisoners. They started moving in to the visits hall at around 2:10pm. It was 2:45pm before I got in, and there were still 5 prisoners left. My visitor had been waiting for 15 minutes in the visits hall.
I’ve no idea what the totoise-like movement was about but friends and family spend a lot of money, and time, travelling to this prison for their visit. As you can imagine, the prisoners’ patience was wearing thin waiting to see their visitors.
This kind of disregard for our visitors is really appalling.
Be happy, be safe.
Graham Coutts, 7th March 2018