Two years ago the Prison Inspectors recommended that Erlestoke alter its procedure for getting visitors from the gate through to the visits room. Keeping families standing in the cold and rain isn't seen as being a particularly nice thing to do.
Two years on, and the Editor finders herself standing outside for 30 minutes, with families including small children, waiting to get in. That meant that we lost nearly half an hour of visiting time.
How fortunate for us that a Prison Inspector was lurking in the visits room, allowing the Ed and I to vent our opinion of the shambolic process. The Inspectorate are to repeat their recommendation.
Will the Governor act this time or continue to show contempt for our families? Anyone can nail up fluffy policy statements; it takes a decent and competent management to deliver on them.
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