Prison Service Order 0550 provides instructions and guidance on the induction process for prisoners on arrival at a prison establishment. As such it is not applicable to the exceptional use of court cells, which are used only as a measure of last resort if accommodation in prison and police cells is exhausted.
Prisoners who have not yet been held in a prison will undergo full reception and induction procedures at the prison to which they are allocated.
Prison Service Order 1900 provides guidance for the certification and use of prison accommodation and is not applicable to the use of court cells, which are used only as a measure of last resort if accommodation in prison and police cells is exhausted. Appropriate staffing levels and procedures are in place in order to ensure prisoners are held in safe and decent conditions.
Staffing levels are determined on a site-by-site basis in order to ensure safety and decency, good order and control. In addition to an appropriate level of staff provided by the relevant prisoner escort contractor, there is prison service governor grade supervision.
It is a legal requirement for prisoners to be held in the custody under the authority and direction of a ‘constable.’ When court cells are in use, this role is discharged by a prison service governor grade.
Additional staffing of court cells is provided by the relevant prisoner escort contractor, following established operating procedures.