A visit to HMP Dartmoor – Carl Portman

We hope this report gives you a sense of Carl’s ongoing work for the ECF, including visits to prisons of all categories across the country. Carl will also be appearing in a BBC documentary on the positive impact of chess in prisons and the potential for reducing reoffending, with filming scheduled for next week at one of the prisons he visits. We will keep you posted on how that goes and when it is scheduled for broadcasting.

A big thank you to Carl on behalf of the federation for his continued work in this area, which we know has a huge impact and is very much appreciated within the prison community and prison service.

I was delighted to finally honour a longstanding commitment to visit HMP Dartmoor. I was meant to go in the wintertime but snow prevented the trip, and it’s the first time I had to call a ‘no show’; but this time the weather was wonderful and the five-hour drive was worth it! HM Prison Dartmoor is a Category C men’s prison, located in Princetown, high on Dartmoor in the English county of Devon. Its high granite walls dominate this area of the moor. The prison is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and is operated by His Majesty’s Prison Service. Dartmoor Prison was given Grade II heritage listing in 1987 … now read on

For a PDF of the thank-you letter from HMP Dartmoor, click here