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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I

    1. 1. Citation and commencement

    2. 2. Interpretation

    3. 2A.Coronavirus period – transition period

  3. PART II PRISONERS

    1. GENERAL

      1. 3. Purpose of prison training and treatment

      2. 4. Outside contacts

      3. 5. After care

      4. 6. Maintenance of order and discipline

      5. 7. Classification of prisoners

      6. 8. Privileges

      7. 9. Temporary release

      8. 9A.Coronavirus Restricted Temporary Release

      9. 10. Information to prisoners

      10. 11. Requests and complaints

    2. WOMEN PRISONERS

      1. 12. Women prisoners

    3. RELIGION

      1. 13. Religious denomination

      2. 14. Special duties of chaplains and prison ministers

      3. 15. Regular visits by ministers of religion

      4. 16. Religious services

      5. 17. Substitute for chaplain or prison minister

      6. 18. Sunday work

      7. 19. Religious books

    4. MEDICAL ATTENTION

      1. 20. Health services

      2. 21. Special illnesses and conditions

      3. 22. Notification of illness or death

    5. PHYSICAL WELFARE AND WORK

      1. 23. Clothing

      2. 24. Food

      3. 25. Alcohol and tobacco

      4. 26. Sleeping accommodation

      5. 27. Beds and bedding

      6. 28. Hygiene

      7. 29. Physical education

      8. 30. Time in the open air

      9. 31. Work

      10. 31A.Prescription of certain matters in respect of prisoners’ earnings

    6. EDUCATION AND LIBRARY

      1. 32. Education

      2. 33. Library

    7. COMMUNICATIONS

      1. 34. Communications generally

      2. 35. Personal letters and visits

      3. 35A.Interception of communications

      4. 35B.Permanent log of communications

      5. 35C.Disclosure of material

      6. 35D.Retention of material

      7. 36. Police interviews

      8. 37. Securing release

      9. 38. Visits from legal advisers

      10. 39.Delivery and receipt of legally privileged material

    8. REMOVAL, SEARCH, RECORD AND PROPERTY

      1. 40. Custody outside prison

      2. 41. Search

      3. 42. Record and photograph

      4. 43. Prisoners’ property

      5. 44. Money and articles received by post

    9. SPECIAL CONTROL, SUPERVISION AND RESTRAINT AND DRUG TESTING

      1. 45. Removal from association

      2. 46. Close supervision centres

      3. 46A.Separation centres

      4. 47. Use of force

      5. 48. Temporary confinement

      6. 49. Restraints

      7. 50. Compulsory testing for controlled drugs or specified drugs

      8. 50A.Observation of prisoners by means of an overt closed circuit television system

      9. 50B.Compulsory testing for alcohol

    10. OFFENCES AGAINST DISCIPLINE

      1. 51. Offences against discipline

      2. 51A.Interpretation of rule 51

      3. 52. Defences to rule 51(9)

      4. 52A.Defences to rule 51(10) and rule 51(11)

      5. 53. Disciplinary charges

      6. 53A.Determination of mode of inquiry

      7. 53B.Determination of mode of inquiry in a coronavirus period

      8. 54. Rights of prisoners charged

      9. 55. Governor’s punishments

      10. 55A.Adjudicator’s punishments

      11. 55AB.Requirement to pay for damage to prison property

      12. 55B.Review of adjudicator’s punishment

      13. 56. Forfeiture of remission to be treated as an award of additional days

      14. 57. Offences committed by young persons

      15. 58. Cellular confinement

      16. 59. Prospective award of additional days

      17. 59A.Removal from a cell or living unit

      18. 60. Suspended punishments

      19. 61. Remission and mitigation of punishments , variation of compensation requirements and quashing of findings of guilt

      20. 61A.Enforcement of compensation requirements

  4. PART III OFFICERS OR PRISONS

    1. 62. General duty of officers

    2. 63. Gratuities forbidden

    3. 64. Search of officers

    4. 65. Transactions with prisoners

    5. 66. Contact with former prisoners

    6. 67. Communications to the press

    7. 68. Code of discipline

    8. 69. Emergencies

  5. PART IV PERSONS HAVING ACCESS TO A PRISON

    1. 70. Prohibited articles

    2. 70A.List C Articles

    3. 71. Control of persons and vehicles

    4. 72. Viewing of prisons

    5. 73. Visitors

  6. PART V INDEPENDENT MONITORING BOARD

    1. 74. Disqualification for membership

    2. 75. Independent monitoring board

    3. 76. Proceedings of boards

    4. 77. General duties of boards

    5. 78. Particular duties

    6. 79. Members visiting prisons

    7. 80. Annual report

  7. PART VI SUPPLEMENTAL

    1. 81. Delegation by governor

    2. 82. Contracted out prisons

    3. 83. Contracted out parts of prisons

    4. 84. Contracted out functions at directly managed prisons

    5. 85. Revocations and savings

  8. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Definition of specified drug

  9. Explanatory Note

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