Prisoner privileges and rights
Prisoners who follow rules can earn privileges. This is called the ‘Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme’. A prisoner may be able to:
- get more visits from family or friends
- be allowed to spend more money each week
Privileges are different in each prison - staff can explain to the prisoner how the scheme works.
Prisoners have rights, including:
- protection from bullying and racial harassment
- being able to get in contact with a solicitor
- healthcare - including support for a mental health condition
All prisoners should be able to spend between 30 minutes and an hour outside in the open air each day.
A prisoner who breaks prison rules is normally punished. They can be:
- kept in their cell for up to 21 days
- given up to 42 extra days in prison on top of their original sentence
The prison can take away privileges, for example removing a TV from a cell.