Standford Hill, the Category D prison on the Isle of Sheppey continues to maintain a very effective focus on returning prisoners to the community and helping them to look at life beyond the prison on their release. In its Annual Report for 2019/20 the Board highlights –
- An exceptionally low re-offending rate of just over 4%, for prisoners in the first year after release, which is significantly below the national average.
- A very successful use of the Challenge, Support and Intervention process (CSIP) which helps prisoners struggling with drug issues to receive help and advice in a supportive environment.
- That the prison which is responsive to Black, Asian and ethnic minority concerns and is supportive of on-going cultural programmes that celebrate diversity.
- The report underlined the need for kitchen facilities to enable the prison to be expanded to accommodate more prisoners. It has however been announced that the prison capacity is going to be expanded by over a third, the kitchen facilities will be added on site.
Peter Le Beau, MBE, the Chair at Standford Hill said:
‘We have been extremely impressed by the effectiveness of the regime at Standford Hill. It is a positive environment, which treats prisoners with respect and consideration and tries to prepare them effectively for the challenges of life upon release. The very low reoffending rate attests to the impact of the work that has been done at the prison and the news that the prison is to be expanded with the long overdue construction of kitchen facilities will enable what is a successful and positive model to be enhanced. We are also extremely impressed at the work done to help prisoners with drug problems. In concert with the Forward Trust they have shown that a degree of tolerance and insight is key to helping prisoners put long-standing challenges behind them.