Closed conditions are those that are not open. These are category A, B and C prisons, categorised by level of security (see categorisation for more details). Each prisoner is allocated to a cell (which may sometimes be shared) and they are to remain in that cell unless permitted to leave for reasons such as meal times and exercise times.

Prisoners will be allocated in accordance with their needs, for example, all prisons offer a range of programmes which seek to address the prisoner’s index offence in a variety of ways. These programmes are designed to explore the prisoner’s thoughts and feelings towards their crimes and address risk for the future. Educational courses are also offered so that prisoners have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications whilst incarcerated.

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