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GOV.UK has information on prisons and probation, including prison life, benefits when you’re in prison, and support for families and friends of prisoners.

You can also ask to visit someone in prison on GOV.UK.

The following organisations specialise in helping prisoners and their families:

  • Pact provides practical and emotional support to prisoners and their families (Freephone helpline: 0808 808 3444)

  • the Prisoners' Advice Service offers free legal advice and support to prisoners (Phone: 0845 430 8923)

  • the Offenders’ families helpline provides information on all aspects of arrest, going to court and prison, and support for families (Freephone helpline: 0808 808 2003)
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