Conveyance and Possession of Prohibited Items

In line with PSI 10/2012 Conveyance and Possession of Prohibited Items and other related offences, and in conjunction with the Crime & Security Act 2010 and the Offender Management Act 2007 please find below guidance and listing of unauthorised items prohibited from entering HMP Dovegate.

Prohibited items are graded according to their seriousness and perceived threat to security and safety within a prison, and are classified as List A, List B or List C items, as set out below:

  • List A items – drugs, explosives, firearms or ammunition and any other offensive weapon

 

  •  List B items – are alcohol, mobile telephones, cameras, sound recording devices (or constituent part of the latter three items)

 

  •  List C items – any tobacco, money, clothing, food, drink, letters, paper, books, tools, *information technology equipment.

**note that IT equipment is also subject to the provisions introduced by the Crime and Security Act and its possession within prison without appropriate authorisation is now a criminal offence.

List A and B Offences and Penalties

A person (e.g. prisoners, staff, social and professional visitors) commits an offence if he/she carries out any of the following listed activities without obtaining prior authorisation:

  •  brings throws or otherwise conveys list A or B items in or out of a prison by whatever means;

 

  •  causes another person to do so;

 

  •  leaves a list A or B item in any place (in or out of the prison) intending it to come into the possession of a prisoner;

 

  •  knowing a person to be a prisoner, gives a list A or B item to him/her.

The maximum penalty on conviction for committing offences in respect of list A items is 10 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. The maximum penalty on conviction for committing offences in respect of list B items is 2 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. All such offences attract a criminal record on conviction.

List C Offences and Penalties

A person (e.g. prisoners, staff, social and professional visitors) commits an offence if he/she carries out any of the following listed activities without obtaining prior authorisation:

  •  brings, throws or otherwise conveys a List C item into a prison intending it to come into the possession of a prisoner;

 

  •  causes another person to bring, throw or otherwise convey a List C item into a prison intending it to come into the possession of a prisoner;

 

  •  brings, throws or otherwise conveys a List C item out of a prison on behalf of a prisoner;

 

  •  causes another person to bring, throw or otherwise convey a List C item out of a prison on behalf of a prisoner;

 

  •  leaves a List C item in any place (whether inside or outside a prison) intending it to come into the possession of a prisoner, or;

 

  •  while inside a prison, gives a List C item to a prisoner.

Offences relating to list C items are subject to a maximum penalty of a level 3 fine (currently £1000). All such offences carry a criminal record on conviction.

Please note you are also not allowed to convey glass, unsealed bottles, excess medication, excessive makeup and related accessories and that these items are subject to searching at any time by members of the Security & Intelligence Unit.