Handling crimes in prison: protocol

Sets out protocol relating to the referral, investigation and prosecution of crimes committed in prisons.



This protocol aims to ensure that acts of criminality within prisons are properly addressed.

It covers crimes committed in prison by:

  • prisoners
  • staff
  • social and professional visitors
  • contractors

It applies to all prison and YOI (Young Offender Institution) establishments and to Immigration Removal Centres operated by NOMS (National Offender Management Service).

Published 7 July 2015