The HM Prison Service have launched its new online Prison Visits Booking service. The new system will run alongside the current process but will offer a quicker, easier and more convenient route for both visitors and booking staff.
People wanting to book social visits to friends or family in prison will be able to use www.gov.uk/prison-visits to select dates and times which are convenient to them. These preferred dates are then reviewed and approved/declined by the prison in question. The prison will then confirm details with the visitor by e-mail. Visits can be booked up to 28 days ahead and requests will be responded to within three working days of the request being made. The new service is available to female, youth and adult male prisons, category B and below, within the public sector Prison Service throughout England and Wales. It is not available to private sector or prisons within the High Security Estate at present.
Please check each prisons page (above) for whether this service is available yet at each location.
Offenders’ Families Helpline
Tel: 0808 808 2003
Assisted Prison Visits Unit
Address: PO Box 2152, Birmingham, B15 1SD
Tel: 0845 300 1423 (Mon to Fri 10:15-11:45 & 14:15-15:45)
Textphone: 0845 304 0800 (times as above)
Fax: 0121 626 3474 (24 hrs)
Prisoners’ family and friends service
Tel: 0800 808 3444
Email a prisoner
Support for families suffering because of drug and alcohol abuse