Paul Dickie of HMP Kilmarnock gave a talk to Girvan Rotary Club about the workings of one of the local prisons at their weekly meeting in the Royal Hotel Girvan.
Paul, who is one of the prison staff, and is in fact an accountant, explained that the prison is a closed high security establishment accommodating short term and long term prisoners and is one of only two private prisons in Scotland. It is operated by SERCO.
The prison has 500 single cells with a maximum capacity of 692 prisoners. It has a mixed regime, based on education, behavioural and addiction programmes all approved and accredited.
The aim is to reduce offending behaviour and ensure prisoners are better prepared to lead law abiding lives after release.
Kilmarnock is a ‘working prison’ and inmates carry out 35 hours of work every week. Under Prison Rules all convicted prisoners must work, unless there is an exemption which prevents them from doing so. The prison has separate Commercial Enterprise and Vocation Training Departments which together comprise nine working units. Evidence has shown that lives can be transformed with high quality training and education.
At Kilmarnock the staff encourage family contact and they run a very successful family contact programme which has a number of innovations including ‘story time dads’, as well as sessions where children spend one to one time with their dad.
Their Award-winning Play Motivator sessions are an excellent opportunity for families to move around and play together in the visits hall.
Girvan Rotary would like to thanks Mr Dickie for taking the time to come to Girvan and talk to them.