HOLLESLEY BAY COLONY
Majestys Prison Service serves
the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts. Our duty is to
look after them with humanity and to help them lead law-abiding and useful lives in
custody and after release.`
1887 Mr Robert Johnson founded the Colonial College, a residential training establishment which attempted to teach young gentlemen the
skills they would need to live and work in the Colonies of the British Empire. A hundred years later we try to prepare a different generation for an equally uncertain future in less romantic places, such as the east end of London ! As a Penal Reformer in his time
Mr Johnson would have approved. We have to educate our inmate for a very different world and need to consider in
what frame of mind they are to leave us. Can we bring about in them a wish to live a good and useful life? If we cant, then all we offer is a period of consolidation to the young criminal and a brief respite to the
community to which he will return.
the open units all inmates are in full-time
employment or on a full-time course that leads to City and Guilds qualifications in a range of building and construction
skills. Our 1,700 acre Estate and Packing Sheds produce
milk, meat and processed vegetables for consumption
both here and in other Prison Service establishments. Our closed units, Warren Hill offer
full-time technical and academic courses. Inmates who come to these units
are regularly reviewed as to their suitability for open conditions
which then forms a stepping stone towards freedom.
are blessed with
Our Education and Physical Education Departments offer a wide range of
opportunities. By law we are required to involve all inmates in Physical Education though we give them
choice and many opt to do much more than the statutory minimum. Our Colony football team usually seems to get to the
top of the league, weight-training is always popular, enabling many to achieve a better self-image. Canoeing and other outdoor activities offer a lawful outlet for a young mans energies. Our squash classes have proved popular and many students are now active squash players on the out.
statement of personal belief: we need to
bring about fundamental change in the attitude and way of life of our charges, most of whom have lacked sense of direction and any sense of personal responsibility. We need to inculcate a willingness and a will to earn a living by lawful means and to teach them or lead them towards the necessary skills. We need to encourage positive use of
leisure; believe it or not it has probably in fact never seriously occurred
to many of our youngsters that the local sports centre, or
football team, etc, could take the place of joyriding, vandalism or mindless
violence. We need to foster positive links
with family, friends, parents, Probation Officers, etc, in
the community to which they return. We
need to ensure that every inmate can at least read and write by the time he leaves us. You may say But
what about punishment, bang em up and give em nothing! That is precisely what the average incarcerated young offender would
have us do with him when
inside, if he had the choice. It would
fit him only for crime and for Prison or for some
other form of institution for those who cannot, or will not, cope.
Bay Colony is an established part of the local community and the major local employer. We have many projects that enable our inmates on an ongoing basis to work in the
community with, and for, handicapped persons and others less
privileged than themselves. By the same token we make our facilities available to local people.
PARKER, Governor V