Arriving at prison

When someone arrives at prison they have at least one interview and assessment so they:

  • understand prison rules and procedures
  • know what their rights are
  • are told of courses available
  • get the right healthcare

The prisoner gets a prison number and their property is recorded and put somewhere safe until they’re released.

Security categories

Prisoners are given a security category based on:

  • how likely they are to try to escape
  • their risk of causing harm to other prisoners and prison staff

A prisoner may be transferred to another prison with a different security category at any time.