• Find a prison

    Get the address, visiting times and facilities of a particular prison by searching online or using an A-Z list.

  • Benefits and prison

    What happens to benefits if you or someone in your family goes to prison or on remand

  • Probation

    Probation is when you serve a court sentence in the community, and can include unpaid work or being supervised after coming out of prison

  • Types of prison sentences

    The range of prison sentences a court can give - including suspended, fixed-term, indeterminate and life sentences.

  • Staying in touch with someone in prison

    Visiting a prisoner - visiting times, keeping in touch by email, telephone or letter and banned items

  • Support for families and friends of prisoners

    Helplines providing advice and support to the families of people in prison - including the Offenders’ Families Helpline and Action for Prisoners' Families

  • Prison life

    What to expect if you're sent to prison - prison rules and regulations, healthcare and education, prisoner rights

  • Leaving prison

    How a prisoner is released - including Parole Board hearings, resettlement schemes and temporary release on licence

  • Volunteer to check standards in prison

    Join an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) to volunteer to check standards in prisons - find out how to apply

  • Assisted Prison Visits Unit

    Apply to the Assisted Prison Visits Unit for help with travel costs if you're visiting a close friend or relative in prison

  • Find a prisoner

    Prisoner Location Service. Locating a prisoner when you don't know which prison - for families and friends