THE residential wings at the prison are to be renamed after distinguished Jersey military personnel, while a new administrative building is to be named after the late former Home Affairs Minister, Len Norman.
A renaming ceremony is due to be held on Tuesday, with residential units being named after Islanders who served in the World War instead of alphanumeric tags as part of a modernising programme and a move towards deinstitutionalising the 1970’s built prison. Meanwhile, the new building commemorates Mr Norman, who died in 2021, who spent almost four decades serving in the States Assembly.
Prisoners have been tasked with learning about the history of the military personnel and will provide presentations at the re-naming ceremony.
Prison governor Susie Richardson said: ‘We’re committed to improve the living conditions of prisoners to reduce the risk of institutionalisation, which improves their outcomes on release.
‘We’ve made huge progress with the modernisation project and have two final phases planned which will see us create a hospitality academy with accommodation for prisoners working outside the prison and a multi-purpose building to include training spaces, multi-faith and new care and separation unit.’
At today’s re-naming ceremony, Dame Anne Owers, national chair of the Independent Monitoring Boards will be delivering a workshop on independent scrutiny of closed institutions, which include children’s homes, care homes and prisons.
Ms Richardson added: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Dame Anne to Jersey to help us mark this important step forward in modernising the prison.
‘On completion Jersey will have a state-of-the-art prison, the infrastructure being funded mostly out of criminal compensation funds.’