Bosses at the island’s jail want to work with charities and businesses on new work projects.
One recent prison/community partnership involved the creation of ‘morsbags’, with prisoners at Jurby making more than 3,000 reusable shopping bags using material donated to environmental charity Zero Waste Mann.
Other projects have included the assembly of pre-cut wooden fence panels and trellising, and the refurbishment of Jurby Church.
The Department of Home Affairs now wants to find more ideas for projects at the prison.
Prisoners are risk assessed before jobs are allocated and then supervised while they are carrying out an activity. Very few offenders are deemed suitable for outdoor projects.
Nigel Fisher, deputy prison governor with responsibility for regimes and resettlement, said: ‘We wouldn’t rule out work outside the prison, but it is a lot more difficult to arrange. A small group of prisoners were able to take part in painting and renovating Jurby Church because it was close by and we had assistance from the charity Faith in Action.’
To discuss ideas for prison work projects contact deputy governor Nigel Fisher on 891004 or Nigel.Fisher@prison.dha.gov.im