Category D Open Prison – CAT D PRISON

Cat D Open Prison

Category D Open Prison

Category D Prison, Cat D Prison or also known as an Open Prison, is like the heaven of prisons. When youve gone from a closed prison into an Open prison, its like all restrictions have been lifted. To be able to get to a Category D Prison you have to be recategorised as a minimal risk or minimal security factor for the prison. OMU, your offender management unit will work out your risk factor based on 3 things:

  • risk of escape
  • harm to the public, if they were to escape
  • threat to the control and stability of a prison

Our fully comprehensive Cat D Guide will aid you to get Cat D Status as quickly as possible, tips on how to get recategorised and learn how to get upto 5 days out the prison and extra time out the prison if you have children. Includes official government documents on ROTL and Categorisation. Download it now Here

In a category D prison, prisoners will see less time banged up, usually their door is left unlocked or they have a key to their own room, they can access ROTLs such as RDR and RORs so they get to leave the prison either for the day or for a maximum of 5 days (4 nights) to spent at home as part of the resettlement that Cat D Prisons offer.

Category D Open Prison

Category D Open Prison

Category D, Cat D prisons are often refered to as an Open prison due to not being locked up all day as you are in Cat A, B and majority of the time in Cat C prisons. The prisoners are deemed low enough risk in an open condition to apply to work outside of the prison in a proper paying job, to go home each month for a maximum of 5 days and to also attend hospital appointments and other important events unattended. This is all done via a licence from the Prison.

In an Open prison, the gates are also normally left open so should someone want to abscond, they could do. However, this is at the prisoners risk and adding extra time to their sentence and being put back to closed conditions.

The purpose of an Open Prison or Cat D Prison is to reintegrate prisoners back into the community as safely as possible and figures show that inmates who have spent time at a Category D prison are less likely to go on to reoffend.

A Cat D Prison houses a selection of inmates from Fraud to Murderers who could be coming towards the end of a lengthy sentence. They would be escorted via an officer for their first few times out of the prison to get used to the changed world since they were convicted. It also give the family a chance to get used to a life with the prisoner again. Ministry of Justice states: ‘The main purpose of open conditions is to test prisoners in conditions more similar to those that they will face in the community. Time spend in open prisons affords prisoners the opportunity to find work, re-establish family ties, reintegrate into the community and ensure housing needs are met.’

The best part about getting to a CAT D prison is gaining access to ROTL. This means that the prisoner get the opportunity to leave prison on licence for a variety of reasons including home resettlement upto 5 days a month out of prison. Read more here: ROTL


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The difference that it makes to your prison sentence being in a category D open prison rather than a closed prison is immense. I would do everything in my power to jump through the hoops needed to get recategorised as a Cat D Prisoner and get yourself into an Open Prison.

Some prisoners who have served a long time behind bars do struggle to get used to having so much freedom and losing the protection of the locked door and officers everywhere. However, the benefits and advantages of Cat D prison over a closed prison is no competition. What is an Open Prison?