COVID-19: Latest update on prisons & visiting
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The Minister of State for Prisons, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said in her Statement (13 March 2020):
“We understand that prisoners and their loved ones might be concerned about the situation. But we can assure them that we will continue to operate normal regimes, with the minimum disruption, for as long as we can. We urge any friend or family member not to come to a prison for a visit if they have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 – a fever or new, persistent cough. We are also looking into ways to keep prisoners in close contact with their families in all eventualities, and will share further information as and when necessary.”
AT PRESENT, VISITS ARE CONTINUING BUT WITH ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS ARE KEPT AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.
If you need more information:
HMP Oakwood Family Pathway Centre – Tel: 01902 791 426
HMP Birmingham Visitors’ Centre – Tel: 0121 598 8178
Or phone the National Prisoners’ Helpline (freephone): Tel 0808 808 2003 (freephone including most mobiles). Open 9am-8pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday (closed on Bank Holidays).
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Our charitable aims are: A. to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among prison inmates, ex-offenders and the partners and dependants of prison inmates and ex-offenders in need of such relief. B. to advance public education by research into domestic issues relating to prison inmates, ex-offenders and their families and to disseminate the useful results of such research Who we are: • We are a charity organisation • We believe that every prisoner and his or her family should get the support they would like or need. • We provide an information, guidance and sign posting service • We listen to the needs of prisoners’ families • We keep visitors up to date with all prison rules and regulations • We hold regular surveys, forums and feedback to help shape and improve the charity. • We run family events such as Family Days, Children’s Days, Partners Days, Father Baby Bonding Sessions (FABBS), family interventions