HMP Oakwood is an inspirational facility managed by its Governor, Mr John McLaughlin, and on the 3rd February, I was kindly invited to take a tour and meet its members of staff as well as some of the inmates, who were on a drug rehabilitation programmes. I was initially struck by how well the facility was run and was particularly impressed with its rehabilitation programmes. The prison works closely with a number of educational establishments to offer inmates the chance to learn and work towards a variety of qualifications. It also helps them gain practical hands-on experience by working with numerous local businesses.
John and his team are doing fantastic work to help inmates get back on their feet and ready for the outside world. I would like to thank them all for their continued hard work and dedication.