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In late December 2006, the National Offender Management Service acquired Ashworth East hospital from Merseyside Care Trust to help combat overcrowding within prisons in England and Wales. HMP Kennet is a Category C Prison. 

There are 7 individual accommodation blocks, mostly of post war construction, comprising of predominantly double occupancy cells and a Segregation Unit. HMP Kennet also has a Healthcare centre staffed by Healthcare professionals from Liverpool Community Health. The regime is enhanced with the provision of workshops, education department, library, chapel, gymnasium and evening & weekend visits.

Domestic visits take place each evening, Monday to Friday and during weekend afternoons.
The site and surrounding area was known locally as Kennet Heath, so understandably the name Kennet was adopted for the prison.

HM Prison Kennet
L31 1HX

Tel: 0151 213 3000
Fax: 0151 213 3103
Governor: Steve Valentine
Operational capacity: 342 as of 7 June 2013

Accommodation: 7 single storey single accommodation units, occupancy 30 to 67 offender placements per unit, comprising of predominantly double occupancy cells, with integral sanitation, showers on all landings, purpose built Serveries, association facilities and an additional Segregation Unit. There is no Vulnerable Prisoner Unit.

Reception criteria: Sentenced male offenders, who will be required to work and/or to develop Education skills, in a pro social environment. Offenders are expected to develop their personal responsibilities towards constructive resettlement on release or progressive moves to Category D.

Due to the number of double occupancy cells, offenders assessed as high risk on cell sharing risk assessments cannot be accepted.

Criteria for application are as follows:
  • Ideally from the Merseyside area
  • Ideally not less than 6 months to HDC or CRD on transfer
  • Not less than 8 months to PED on transfer
  • No more than 24 months before Parole Eligibility Date (PED) or Conditional Release Date (CRD).  However, offenders with just over 24 months left to serve will be looked at on an individual basis.
  • Current Restraining Orders by agreement
  • No current sex offences- past offences by agreement
  • No outstanding appeals and only appropriately actioned Confiscation Orders
  • Arson offences will be risk assessed on an individual basis
  • High risk cell share risk assessment by agreement only
  • Any exceptions must be considered by negotiation with Kennet.
Indeterminate Sentence Offenders:
  • Must have the approval of the Secretary of State to complete the custodial part of their sentence in open conditions.
Providing offenders meet the above criteria, potential applicants may begin the application process by speaking to their Personal Officer at their current establishment, or directly with their establishment OCA.

All successful applications will need to demonstrate the following:
  • Must be able to share double accommodation.
  • The completion of Sentence Plan Targets, including relevant Offending Behaviour Programmes.
  • No recent positive MDT.
  • Evidence of a positive attitude towards resettlement.
  • Realistic resettlement aims.
The application process takes approximately 6 weeks to complete.

PLEASE NOTE: IDTS (Integrated Drug Treatment System) offenders cannot be received at HMP Kennet on Fridays (or Thursdays immediately prior to a Bank Holiday) as there is no GP cover to facilitate this.

All Security Intelligence must be reviewed prior to transfer.

Transfer to HMP Kennet is by successful application only and is followed by an initial risk assessment within the first eight weeks of induction to confirm suitability for the resettlement regime.  Please inform all prisoners that transfer to HMP Kennet should not be viewed as a route into open conditions with the intention of transferring to another establishment of their choice within the open estate. 
Videolink arrangements 
HMP Kennet has videolink facilities available to service the Courts and the Offender management process. To make arrangements for a videolink conference contact Kennet atCustody.Kennet@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

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