Neha Patil

HM Prison Stoke Heath

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Managed by  HM Prison Services
Phone  +44 1630 636000
Governor  John Huntington
Opened  1964
HM Prison Stoke Heath
Location  Stoke Heath, Shropshire
Population  632 (as of November 2007)
Website  Stoke Heath at justice.gov.uk
Address  Stoke Heath, Market Drayton TF9 2JL, UK
Security class  Prisoner security categories in the United Kingdom

HM Prison Stoke Heath is a male adult male Category C prison and Young Offenders Institution, located in the village of Stoke Heath (near Market Drayton) in Shropshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

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History

Stoke Heath was built in 1964 as a Category C prison for adult males. It was converted to a Borstal 2 years later and, up until 2011, was used to hold Young Offenders. The establishment now houses prisoners over the age of 18.

At the beginning of December 2004 the Howard League for Penal Reform accused Stoke Heath of abusing the human rights of young offenders. The Howard League’s main criticism was concerned with the use of strip cells by the staff of Stoke Heath.

In October 2006 four prison officers were injured in a riot involving more than 30 inmates at Stoke Heath. None of the inmates were injured during the disturbance.

In 2007 a spot inspection criticised Stoke Heath for failing to make improvements recommended in a 2005 inspection. The inspectorate recommended that the prison must refurbish its "unacceptably grubby" segregation unit and establish proper risk assessments for strip searches.

In 2013 Stoke Heath implemented the pepper course to help reintegrate offenders back into the community using the pepper principals.

The prison today

Stoke Heath houses male adults and Young Offenders of 18 years and above. Because of this, education and training for inmates is the main focus of the prison. Education and training courses are provided by The Manchester College. A variety of courses and vocational training placements are offered, most of which can lead to NVQ qualifications in related fields.

In addition the prisons gym and sports department offer various physical education courses, as well as being available for recreational use. The prison also has a multi-faith chaplaincy.

References

HM Prison Stoke Heath Wikipedia


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