Prisons and probation
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There are phones that you can use when you’re in prison.
Your loved ones can visit you when you’re in prison. This includes your partner and close family members.
Categorising means deciding how much security you will need in prison. Your Category determines the type of prison you will go to.
Use the Prisoner Location Service to find which prison someone is in.
Probation means that you’re serving your sentence outside of prison. You could be put on probation because you’re serving a community sentence or you have been released from prison on licence or parole. Parole is where you are able to leave prison before the end of your sentence if you agree to certain conditions.
You can use the Ministry of Justice online service to make a payment by Visa, Mastercard or Maestro debit card. Money usually takes less than 3 working days to reach a prisoner’s account, but it may take longer.
If you have specific support needs, being referred to MAPPA can help you find the support you need.
A Schedule One offender is a person convicted of one of the crimes listed in the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. However, the term Schedule One offender has now been replaced with the term ‘person posing a risk to children’.
There are things you can do to help get ready for release from prison, including thinking about housing, benefits and who can help you in the community. Your Offender Supervisor can help you as you plan for your release.