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                                     Prison Service Instruction                                 31/2001


                                                     Revised Life Sentence Plan

                                                                  4700


                                    14 June 2001                                        15 June 2002



                             CONTAINS MANDATORY INSTRUCTIONS

For Action                                           Monitored by
Governing Governors / Directors of all Prisons       Lifer Managers, Lifer Unit and Standards Audit Unit
holding Lifers. Governors / Directors of Local
Prisons.




For Information                                      On authority of
Governing Governors / Directors of all Prisons       Prison Service Management Board,
holding Lifers. Governors / Directors of Local
Prisons.




Contact Point
Ian Truffet / Nick Newton, Lifer Unit,
Sentence Management Group,
Room 122 Abell House,
Tel: 020 7217 5712 / 2084.

Other Processes Affected
None




                                                   NOTES
None.
                                                                     Issued       14/06/2001

REVISED LIFE SENTENCE PLAN

POLICY AND OUTPUT

1.    This Instruction amends Chapter 8 of PSO 4700(the Lifer Manual) and
      revises F2181(the Life Sentence Plan-LSP), now to be titled F2181R
      (2001).

2.    The attached chapter explains the purpose and function of the revised
      LSP which must be fully operational from 1 January 2002 for all lifers in
      custody, including potential, newly convicted and recalled lifers in Local
      Prisons/Remand Centres.

3.    The revision of the LSP has been designed to address the specific
      recommendations of the Joint Thematic Review of Lifers (JTR) conducted
      by the Chief Inspectors of Prisons and Probation; and to meet the
      concerns of Ministers, the Parole Board, the Probation Service, Lifer Unit,
      staff in establishments and lifers themselves.

4.    The revised LSP provides:

              a new framework for sentence planning for lifers, including the
               opening of the LSP in Local Prisons and the incorporation of the
               current F75 reporting system.

              a single sentence planning framework that integrates the
               contributions of different staff into the decision making process
               about risk, re-categorisation and transfer.

              a continuous and seamless sentence plan for each lifer from the
               Local Prison stage throughout custody to release into the
               community.

DISTRIBUTION

5.    Copies of the LSP, together with comprehensive guidance notes, will reach
      establishments by 31 July 01.
IMPLEMENTATION

6.    The LSP must be implemented as follows:

      June 2001                         Printing of   revised LSP          forms
                                        commences at HMP Blundeston

      11 June -14 June 2001             First new 4-day lifer course at HMP
                                        Durham

      02 July - 31 December 2001           Training for Local Prisons and update
                                        training for existing lifer staff

        31 July 2001                    Governors receive PSI and initial stock
of revised LSP forms

      31 July 2001                      Commencement of transition to revised
                                        LSP (see Appendix A)

      01 January 2002                   Revised LSP fully operational

MANDATORY ACTION

7.    The revised LSP must be implemented by 1 January 2002

8.    All lifers must have a Life Sentence Plan.

9.    Appropriate sections of the new LSP must be completed for potential,
      newly convicted and recalled lifers in Local Prisons/Remand Centres.

10.   Governors and Directors of contracted out establishments must ensure
      that all locally held copies of the Lifer Manual are properly amended by
      inserting the attached revised Chapter 8 and that all staff who work with
      lifers are given access to the Manual.

11.   Governors and Directors of contracted out Local Prisons/Remand Centres
      and lifer establishments must ensure that a Lifer Manager has been
      appointed and trained by 31 December 2001.

RESOURCE AND IMPACT IMPLICATIONS

12.   The completion of LSP sections 0,1 and 5 represents some additional
      work in Local Prisons. SR2000 funds have been allocated through Area
      Managers to cover the cost of training for, and implementation of, this new
      work.
13.   The completion of the remainder of the revised LSP forms in lifer
      establishments directly replaces existing work and does not therefore
      require additional resources.

14.   Funds have been allocated through Area Managers to cover the cost of
      update training for existing lifer staff to enable them to complete the
      revised LSP.

15.   The 4-day Lifer course has been redesigned to train new lifer staff on the
      revised LSP. The first modified course will be piloted between 11 June
      and 14 June 01.

ADVICE AND INFORMATION

16.   Staff in Lifer Unit will be available throughout the implementation process
      to give advice and guidance to all lifer establishments and to Local
      Prisons.

17.   Primary contacts for advice and guidance:
      Ian Truffet Ext. 5712      Nick Newton         Ext. 2084




Ken Sutton
Director of Resettlement
                                                                                      ANNEX A

TRANSITION FROM CURRENT LSP TO REVISED LSP

1.    NEW LIFERS

1.1   All lifers entering custody after 1 January 2002 must be subject to the
      revised LSP commencing at the Local prison stage.

2     CURRENT LIFERS

2.1   Lifer establishments will not be required to transfer current lifers who have
      a completed F2181 LSP over to the revised LSP.

2.2   However, current lifers who do not have a completed F2181 LSP by 1
      January 2002 must be subject to the revised LSP from that date.

2.3   Those lifers for whom a F2181 LSP has already been opened must be
      transferred to the revised LSP at the point when they reach their next
      annual Review and Sentence Planning Board.

2.4   At this point lifer establishments must complete an LSP 2F Sentence
      Planning Objectives form and an LSP 3B Sentence Planning and Review
      Board Report from the revised LSP. These set out respectively what
      offending behaviour work remains to be done, and what targets have been
      set for the next and subsequent review periods.

2.5   All current lifers must have been transferred to the revised LSP by 31
      December 2002.

3.    PAROLE BOARD REVIEWS

3.1   Reports for Parole Board reviews that are due to commence before 1
      January 2002 must be completed in the current F75 format.

3.2   Reports for Parole Board reviews due to commence after that date, and
      for all subsequent reviews, must be completed by using the LSP 3E
      Progress Report form in the revised LSP.
4.    PRE-SCHEDULED INTERIM F75 REVIEWS

4.1   The current arrangement that requires interim F75 reports at three yearly
      intervals will be discontinued under the revised LSP.

4.2   The new system will allow Lifer Unit to call for LSP3E Progress reports
      whenever a lifer establishment recommends that significant change or
      progress has been made. If no such recommendation is made after a
      period of five years has elapsed Lifer Unit will automatically call for an
      LSP3E Progress Report.

4.3   In order not to disadvantage lifers who may previously have been
      informed of an interim F75 date that falls after 1 January 2002 a one-off
      supplementary review will be offered. This single review will only apply to
      current lifers. They may then accept or decline the review at the
      appropriate time. Lifers may of course decide to accept a supplementary
      review even if there have been no positive recommendations from staff in
      the intervening annual reviews. Once the supplementary review has been
      completed the lifers concerned will be subject to the revised reporting
      system.

4.4   If a lifer receives a positive recommendation from Prison staff and a
      progress report is called for by Lifer Unit prior to the pre-scheduled date,
      the offer of a supplementary review will be withdrawn.

4.5   In both the above cases the date of the review will be the basis for the
      transition to the revised LSP and the five-year backstop will run from that
      date. Where a lifer declines a supplementary review the date of the last
      interim F75 review will be used to calculate the setting of the five-year
      backstop.

4.6   All supplementary reviews for current lifers must be completed by 31
      December 2005.

5.    ESTABLISHMENT LEVEL TRANSITION ARRANGEMENTS

5.1   Establishments should begin the transition to the revised LSP immediately
      following the completion of up-date training for existing lifer staff and or
      initial training for Local prisons.

5.2   Thus, although the revised LSP is scheduled to be fully operational from 1
      January 2002, some establishments should be in a position to use the
      new system prior to that date.
LIFER MANUAL CHAPTER 8: LIFE SENTENCE PLANS

8.1      Introduction

Life Sentence Plans must be prepared for all life sentence prisoners, including
       Category A lifers.

      The former LSP F2181 has been replaced by the revised LSP F2181R [2001]

      It now provides:

               a new structure for sentence planning from running from remand to
                release.

               an integrated reporting system which replaces the F75.

               a single sentence planning framework which integrates the
                contributions of different staff in establishments to the decision
                making process about risk, decategorisation and transfer.

8.2      Purpose

        The purpose of the LSP is to plan, monitor and record the means by which
        each lifer is supported in the process of achieving a reduction in risk during
        sentence such that he or she may safely be released on licence into the
        community at tariff expiry.

        The LSP incorporates a clear and detailed documentary record of a lifer’s
        index offence, summary of risk factors from various assessment systems
        (OASYS, DIA, SRA2000 etc), offending behaviour targets and
        achievements, and sentence planning and progress reviews in a prominent
        and accessible format to be used as a reference point in all subsequent
        reports.

        It provides the lifer, from an early stage in his or her sentence, with a series
        of objectives, which, if met, will assist him or her to reduce risk.

        Its separate sections, each of which individually relate to a particular stage
        of the sentence, will, when taken together, provide a clear history of events
        during the lifer’s passage through custody.

        The LSP provides an integrated system of sentence planning reviews and
        progress reports. This is designed to ensure that through structured
        monitoring and assessment of progress, lifers’ sentence planning
        achievements are linked to the offending behaviour targets clearly
        identified from the Offence Analysis and Risk Factor Summary sections.
        The LSP demands a proactive approach to lifer sentence management
        from staff, and enables them, by means of the reporting system, to
        recognise and record significant changes and achievements observed.

        It provides Ministers and the Parole Board with detailed and chronological
        information about the lifer’s progress through sentence, especially where
        the reduction of risk is concerned.

8.3      Contents

      The LSP comprises the following sections:

      LSP 0           Opened in Local Prisons and Remand Centres

        Function: the identification of potential life sentence prisoner. Must be
        used to record basic information on potential lifers on remand about
        possible sentence, support measures tailored to individual circumstances,
        and details of contact between staff and prisoners on lifer related issues.

      Comprises:

      LSP 0           Identification of potential life sentence prisoner

      LSP 1           Opened in Local Prisons and Remand Centres

      Function: to record core information on newly convicted lifers about the
      prisoner, his/her offence, details of post conviction assessment and
      recommendations for allocation to first Stage Prison.

         Comprises:

      LSP 1A   Post conviction immediate needs assessment
      LSP 1B   Initial allocation to First Stage Prison
      LSP 1C   Post conviction induction report
      LSP 1D   Local Prison Lifer profile
      LSP 1E   Multi-Agency Lifer Risk Assessment Panel report
      LSP 1F   Pre-transfer report to First Stage Prison

      LSP 2           Opened at First Stage Prisons

        Function: to initiate a sentence management plan. Must be used by First
        Stage Prisons to record a full criminogenic risk assessment together with
        OASys and DIA systems. Also used to set out a sentence management
        plan incorporating offending behaviour targets, which, if met, will assist the
        lifer to reduce risk sufficiently to be released on tariff expiry.
  Comprises:

  LSP 2A     Offence analysis
  LSP 2B     Risk Factor summary
  LSP 2C     Psychiatric evaluation
  LSP 2D     Psychological evaluation
  LSP 2E     Educational evaluation
  LSP 2F     Sentence planning objectives

LSP 3        Used in First, Second and Third Stage Prisons
  Function: to record annual reviews, achievement of sentence planning
  targets, progress and pre-transfer reports.

  Comprises:

  LSP 3A     Record of Sentence Planning and Review Boards and Progress
             reports
  LSP 3B     Sentence Planning and Review Board report
  LSP 3C     Record of achievements in offence related targets
  LSP 3D     Record of achievements in non-offence related targets
  LSP 3E     Progress report
  LSP 3F     Pre-transfer report

     LSP 4         Opened in Second Stage Cat C and Third Stage Prisons

  Function: to record progress through escorted absences, ROTL, final pre-
  release OB programmes, progress in open conditions and preparation for
  release.

  Comprises:

  LSP 4A     Record of escorted absences and ROTL
  LSP 4B     Escorted absence report
  LSP 4C     Open conditions progress review
  LSP 4D     Open conditions failure report

  LSP 5            Opened in Local Prisons

  Function: to record details of recalled lifers including reasons for recall,
  information about the lifer and recommendations for allocation to a lifer
  prison.

Comprises:

     LSP 5A        Recalled Lifer immediate needs assessment
LSP 5B   Recommended allocation for a recalled Lifer
LSP 5C   Post recall induction report
LSP 5D   Local Prison recalled Lifer profile
LSP 5E   Recalled Lifer transfer report
8.4      Completion

      Life Sentence Plans must be prepared for all life sentence prisoners,
      including Category A lifers.

      Detailed guidance for the completion of each of the LSP forms is contained
      within the LSP folder.

      The LSP must only be completed by trained staff as follows:

               LSP0, LSP 1 and LSP 5 must only be completed by staff who have
                undertaken the one-day lifer course specifically for Local
                prisons/Remand Centres, or who have attended the revised 4-day
                Lifer course.

               LSP2A, 2B and 2F must only be completed by staff who have
                undertaken the previous 4-day Lifer course and update training or
                the revised 4-day Lifer course; or by Probation Officers or
                Psychologists who have undertaken specific risk assessment
                training.

               LSP3B Personal Officer’s report must only be completed by
                Personal Officers who have attended the previous 4-day Lifer
                course and update training or the revised 4-day Lifer course.

               LSP3E Lifer Manager/Wing Unit Manager/ and Personal Officer’s
                reports must only be completed by staff who have attended the
                previous 4-day Lifer course and update training or the revised 4-
                day Lifer course.

               Administration staff must have completed the Lifer Clerks course.

      Whenever practicable, establishments must have a Lifer Team consisting of
      multi-disciplinary staff who have received the appropriate training.

8.5      Disclosure

      Principle One of the Prison Service Vision is to deal fairly, openly and
      humanely with prisoners and all others who come into contact with us. In
      keeping with that principle, the LSP has been designed to allow as much of its
      contents as possible to be disclosable. The only exceptions are as follows:

               sections quoting specific evidence from the Confidential Summary
                Dossier (CSD)
               those containing information covered by the Victim’s Charter
   medical information that Healthcare staff have decided should not
    be disclosed to the lifer
   security sensitive information
   any LSP section containing a diagonal red stripe (if an original
    form) or a black stripe (if a photocopy)
8.6      Lifer involvement

      It is essential that lifers are directly involved in their own sentence planning.
      They should be required to attend at least part of all sentence planning and
      annual review boards and they must be given a clear indication of how
      progress to date has been measured and what further sentence planning
      targets need to be met. Form LSP 3E has been specifically designed to
      enable lifers to engage in the reporting process by giving them an opportunity
      to comment on what has been written about them. They can also offer a
      personal opinion on the progress they have made and on what has yet to be
      achieved.

8.7      Multi Agency Lifer Risk Assessment Panels (MALRAPs)

      The period following conviction and sentence is the first opportunity to carry
      out an assessment of the lifer’s risk and likelihood of reoffending. It is also a
      time when the case is still fresh in the memory of investigating police officers
      and when information relating to the case has not been filed away or
      disposed of. It is vital that this information is appraised, collated and
      documented at this early stage.

      Lifer Managers in Local Prisons, in liaison with Probation Officers and the
      Police, must convene MALRAPs on newly sentenced lifers.

      This is an opportunity for representatives of the various Criminal Justice
      agencies to share and exchange information about the lifer and his/her
      offence, and to identify areas of concern.

      For further details of MALRAPs see the Local Prisons and Probation
      chapters.

8.8      Accountability

      Lifer Managers are accountable for ensuring that the LSP is used correctly
      and for the quality control of all lifer related reports and contributions.

8.9      Audit

         The LSP is subject to monitoring by the Standards Audit Unit.

				
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