||Life Sentenced Prisoners
HMP Rye Hill is a Category B Training Prison for male prisoners aged over 21 years.
The Prison holds a maximum of 660 prisoners, 20% of whom are serving a life sentence.
The Prisons Lifer Department abide by the recommendations of HM Inspectorate of Prisons and Probation Office in that our aim when dealing with Lifers is to ensure the timely transfer of life sentenced prisoners through the prison system so they can achieve release within the time scale of their tariffs, having challenged their offending behaviour and satisfied the Parole Board of their suitability for release.
HMP Rye Hill's Lifer department consists of a Lifer Manager, Lifer Liaison Officer and Lifer Clerk. Working alongside this dedicated group are trained personal officers, seconded probation staff and the psychology department who provide the necessary specialist assistance required when working with prisoners.
The offending behaviour and risks associated with life sentenced prisoners are routinely monitored after being initially assessed, in the annual reviews of their Life Sentence Plans. These are supplemented by Follow-up Reports and Parole Board Reports that allow us the opportunity to recommend progressive moves to the Prison Service.
We have a strong belief in maintaining the family unit whilst working with Lifers. By providing the facilities for visits and by offering family meals and family days this ensures the prisoners maintain this important bond and benefit from the support offered by their family.
As well as the courses HMP Rye Hill offers all prisoners the opportunity to take part in work, vocational training and education. Our aim is to achieve stability and hope in the lives of people serving life sentences, not only during their time with us but also after release.