Catalogue description Prison Commission and Home Office, Prison Department: Registered Papers: Series 2

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Reference: PCOM 9
Title: Prison Commission and Home Office, Prison Department: Registered Papers: Series 2

Registered files dealing with various aspects of the management and staffing of prisons and borstals, and the treatment of their inmates. These include files on prisoners convicted of murder and by courts martial, and papers of and relating to the Central Aftercare Association and other advisory bodies. A number of files concern Roger Casement. The series also contains papers of the Departmental Committee on Remuneration and Conditions of Service of certain grades in the Prison Services.

Date: 1901-1973

In 1929 a new system of registration was introduced for all Prison Commission headquarters files. As from 1929, the prefix 'A' was used for all administration files. These comprised all headquarters papers apart from personal files which were registered under the prefix 'B' for Borstal inmates (and prison inmates who had previously served a Borstal sentence) and 'P' for prison inmates. In 1959, it was decided that the 'A' series covered too wide a field and the following revised classification was adopted.

A : Administration, general

C: Directorate of Industries and Stores

D: Directorate of Works

E: Establishment Division

F: Finance

The Prison Commissioners Dissolution Order 1963, made under section 24 of the Criminal Justice Act 1961, came into operation on 1 April 1963 and transferred responsibility for penal establishments to the Home Office. The Prison Commissioners and their staff were thereby integrated into the Home Office and became the Prison Department. The scheme of registration described above continued in use for a few years after integration, but was gradually phased out with the introduction of the 'symbol' system of file registration in 1966.

The system is as follows:

General Files

PDG: Prison Department: prisoners general

DIS: Industries and Stores (from 1969)

DIF: Industries and farms (from 1981)

PIF: Prison Service Industries and farms (from 1985)

D: Works

PRG: Prisons: general matters

ETG: Prison establishments: general matters (from 1969)

DPG: Directorate of prisons personal services: general (from 1980)

DPF: Directorate of prisons personal services: financial

Personal Files

B: Borstal Inmates: personal

P: Adult prison inmates

PDP: Prison Department: prisoners personal (from 1967)

ESP: Establishments: personal matters

NI: Establishments: personal matters (from 1973)

ETP: Prison establishments: personal matters (from 1959)

DPS: Directorate of prisons personal services: general (from 1980)

Related material:

Records of the Central Aftercare Association will be found in HO 247

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 2377 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1975 Home Office

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