HMP Wayland is a Category C men’s prison located near the village of Griston in Norfolk, England. It has been in operation since 1985 and has undergone several expansions over the years. In this review, we will take a closer look at the facilities, staff and overall experience of HMP Wayland.
HMP Wayland comprises 14 residential units and one segregation unit. The majority of the accommodation is single cells, with shared accommodation on the induction unit and in selected cells within the main wings. The prison provides a range of workshops and training facilities, as well as an education department that focuses on basic key skills. The prison also has a visitors’ centre that offers refreshments and a play area for prisoners’ children in the visits room. The visitors’ centre is supervised and managed by the Ormiston Children and Families Trust.
The staff at HMP Wayland is generally praised for their professionalism and dedication. The governor and prison staff have been commended for their preparations to open new prison blocks at Wayland. However, the prison has faced some challenges in terms of staff safety. In August 2016, the prison governor was severely beaten by an inmate in the canteen. This incident highlights the risks that staff face in prisons, and the need for improved safety measures.
The experience of inmates at HMP Wayland has been mixed. In 2007, a report from the Independent Monitoring Board claimed that prisoners were being given inadequate mental health care by the NHS. The board criticised the Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health Trust for removing a specialist mental health nurse at the prison. However, overall the prison has been described as performing “reasonably well” in inspection reports. The healthcare department and reception facilities for new inmates were noted as areas for improvement in the 2009 inspection report.
HMP Wayland is a Category C men’s prison that provides a range of facilities and services for its inmates. The staff are generally praised for their dedication, and the prison offers a range of workshops, training facilities and education programs for inmates. However, the prison has faced some challenges in terms of mental health care for inmates and staff safety. Overall, the experience of inmates at HMP Wayland is mixed, and improvements are needed in certain areas.
Confidential Ex-inmate Reviews
I was locked up in HMP Oakville for two years, and it was tough. The food was okay, but the guards were strict, and they made sure we followed the rules. One thing that was good about it was the programs they had. I got to take a carpentry course, and I’m pursuing that now as an apprentice.