VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO MAINTAIN STANDARDS AND CHECK PRISONER WELFARE AT HMP ISLE OF WIGHT

ImblogoThe Independent Monitoring Board is recruiting people aged 18 and above to work at HMP Isle of Wight as volunteers looking after prisoner welfare and maintaining prison standards.

HMP Isle of Wight is a Category B adult male prison accommodating 1,100 prisoners – most of which are registered sex offenders.

The Chair of HMP Isle of Wight said:

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“This is a hugely interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunity to help make sure that prisoners are being treated humanely and given the chance to change their lives, for their benefit and ours.

“Our role is to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained, by monitoring the day-to-day life in a prison. You could be talking to prisoners, checking they are being given access to healthcare and training, or observing how well those at risk of self harm are treated. You will also play an important role in dealing with problems faced by prisoners, which could range from lost property to serious bullying allegations”

Chair of the IMB, Hazel Hall, said:

“This is an unpaid voluntary role, but expenses are covered.  You do not need any special qualifications or experience, as we provide mentoring, alongside training and support. You will usually need to give one week per month, but we can be flexible,” said Mrs. Hazel Hall.

“We would like to hear from anybody who is 18 + and lives within about 25 miles of HMP IOW. We are particularly keen to hear from young people, those from minority ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities, since these groups are under-represented on the existing Board,”

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Successful candidates are subject to vetting that can take several months, before being formally appointed by a minister in line with the Government’s public appointments process.

If you are interested then download an application form from www.imb.org.uk Completed forms should be sent to [email protected]. Quote campaign reference 1245/Isle of Wight/2022.

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Proud Overner
Proud Overner
1 month ago

Has Wokism taken over the prison service now. I thought prisons were a deterrent not a holiday camp. In this case sex offenders who showed no care or decency for their victims.

EXHMP
EXHMP
Reply to  Proud Overner
1 month ago

This is to do with decency, rehabilitation, safety and includes staff welfare. However foul the crime life’s basics must be provided bearing in mind people work in this environment and tgey need protection too.

Cal Orific
Cal Orific
Reply to  Proud Overner
1 month ago

Imprisonment has 4 purposes:

Protection of the public, punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation.

While locking someone up in a brutal environment is certainly punishment, it’s effectiveness as a deterrent is limited and, as in the US where prisons are truly brutal, makes criminals more desperate and dangerous as they try to escape.

Brutal prison regimes also breed more violent criminals, completely negating the public protection effect.

It is no surprise that the nation with the highest proportion of its population locked up (the US) also has high rates of violent crime while Norway, with one of the lowest incarceration rates, has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the world.

Trying to get prisoners to be better people on release than they were when they went in isn’t “woke”, it’s common sense.

JonathanB
JonathanB
Reply to  Cal Orific
1 month ago

Rehabilitation is a ‘woke’ money-spinning industry that is actually just a dream. In real life it does not happen.

Zog the merciless
Zog the merciless
Reply to  JonathanB
1 month ago

Kindly take your head out of your backside and explain why countries that have harsh prison systems have worse crime than those whose penal systems you would describe as “woke”.

Also explain what you mean by “woke” as you clearly aren’t using the term correctly.

Surly this is a joke?
Surly this is a joke?
1 month ago

It’s way past April fools ?
Looking for volunteers to go have a chat & check that the sex offenders are being looked after ??? There registered sex offenders ! ! !
Genuinely could not give a dam if a few of them decided to end it all, will save us the cost of prison… we could invest in schools & hospitals.

jen
jen
1 month ago

free labour?cheeky sods

She
She
1 month ago

Pathetic
No volunteering in this please

Danger
Danger
1 month ago

Cant the prisoners check up on each other as volunteers? What else are they doing other than xbox,free gym etc

Darren Street
Darren Street
1 month ago

As a victim of systemic childhood sexual abuse I still today at the age of 48 struggle with what i went through ! I no struggle to get the right support YET the government believe a role as volunteer is acceptable to ensure standards are adhered … this make me sick to read. I am all for rehabilitation but come on the people in this prison are offenders who have committed heinous sexual crimes so may be the volunteers should be recruited to support the victims !

Diana ross
Diana ross
Reply to  Darren Street
1 month ago

I can’t believe it what on earth is the government thinking of,there’s little or no support for people who’s lives have been ruined by these monsters and then there is a request wanting people to volunteer to help them

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Screw them, they didn’t care about decency when they committed their crimes. They don’t have the right to expect any humane treatment. So sick of these bleeding hearts that bang on about offenders rights.

Rob Ashton
Rob Ashton
1 month ago

Let’s remember their victims!!!!

Islander2022
Islander2022
1 month ago

What about those that these monsters have committed these obscene crimes against, is there a monitoring board dedicated to the victims, making sure the victims have access to the appropriate care and support to help them rebuild there lives?

Miche
Miche
1 month ago

How about volunteering for the victims and checking their well-being first? Surely they should be the priority first or is this our mistake as a society yet again??

Liz
Liz
1 month ago

Bring back hard labour, these vile specimens should have NO rights.

June
June
1 month ago

Has the world gone mad, they are prisoners and in there for a reason and now we are asking for volunteers to check their welfare when we have hundreds of elderly and disabled at risk in their homes every day. Let the prisons sort this out, it is not down to the general public to volunteer to assist in a prison especially with the class of prisoners held on the Island.

Ditzydotty
Ditzydotty
1 month ago

Shame on HMP and shame on anyone who volunteers. I have never heard anything so disgusting in the whole of my life.

fred2
fred2
1 month ago

I expect the pushers will be signing up. Captive market.

JonathanB
JonathanB
1 month ago

This virtue-signalling nonsense has been going on for decades under various names. The cons just see it as a sign of weakness to be exploited.

Hayley Marie West
Hayley Marie West
1 month ago

Can’t get any staff lol .

 

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