What is an Open Prison?
A Category D prison is a type of low-security prison in the UK. These prisons are designed for low-risk, non-violent offenders who are nearing release. Inmates in Category D prisons typically have more freedom and privileges compared to those in higher-security facilities, and are trusted to follow rules and regulations.
Inmates in Category D prisons may be allowed to work outside the prison, participate in community activities, or have home visits. However, they are still subject to strict conditions and can be returned to a higher-security prison if they breach the rules. The main goal of Category D prisons is to support rehabilitation and reduce the risk of reoffending upon release.
How to get to Open Prison?
To get into an Open Prison, You will first need to be recategorised at a Cat D Prisoner.
Getting a Category D prison status in the UK is a multi-step process that typically involves the following steps:
Assessment: The first step is to be assessed by prison staff and the Probation Service to determine if you are suitable for a Category D prison. This assessment takes into account factors such as your behavior while in prison, your risk to the public, and your plans for after release.
Recommendation: If the assessment determines that you are suitable for a Category D prison, a recommendation will be made to the Secretary of State for Justice.
Approval: The final decision to grant Category D status is made by the Secretary of State for Justice, who will consider the recommendation and any other relevant information.
It’s important to note that not all offenders are eligible for Category D status, and that being granted this status is a privilege, not a right. The decision to grant Category D status is based on a careful consideration of the risks and benefits, and is made in the interest of public safety.