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What info does a prisoner number tell a solicitor?

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justasmalltownmum Thu 15-Oct-20 20:09:25

Just wanted to know if any solicitors can access a prisoners number or is it only certain ones?

Apart from the standard name/ DOB/ address kind of info, what other info will a prisoners number tell a solicitor?

Will it have a record of health checks, dr visits etc?

Thank you in advance

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Twinkle1989 Sat 17-Oct-20 08:05:27

Prisoner number is usually just for ID purposes - solicitors wouldn't automatically have access to that info - it would just allow them to write to them for example without getting mixed up with another prisoner by the same name

Findahouse21 Sat 17-Oct-20 08:10:34

As above - it doesn't indicate anything, just makes communication with a prison much easier. There isn't a national database where you can search for info

HDready Sat 17-Oct-20 08:23:07

In my experience it’s just a way of the prison service directing post to the right prison.

justasmalltownmum Sat 17-Oct-20 08:49:38

Ok thank you everyone.

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PolPotNoodle Tue 20-Oct-20 21:00:53

Hi - literally my job, it tells you nothing! Prisoners have 2 ID numbers, both do slightly different things. I use it for any correspondence and it can be used to draw up electronic records if permission has been granted to them. On the flipside however if a solicitor has the prison number it's not difficult to get information if you want it.

Its not just for post purposes however, the NOMS number (A1234BC format) is used across the prison, probation and HQ for record keeping and those records can be accessed by the majority of staff without much accountability. The exception is in fact medical records which need the prisoners permission to disclose.

justasmalltownmum Wed 21-Oct-20 18:14:14

PolPotNoodle

Hi - literally my job, it tells you nothing! Prisoners have 2 ID numbers, both do slightly different things. I use it for any correspondence and it can be used to draw up electronic records if permission has been granted to them. On the flipside however if a solicitor has the prison number it's not difficult to get information if you want it.

Its not just for post purposes however, the NOMS number (A1234BC format) is used across the prison, probation and HQ for record keeping and those records can be accessed by the majority of staff without much accountability. The exception is in fact medical records which need the prisoners permission to disclose.


Thank you!

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PolPotNoodle Thu 22-Oct-20 00:27:42

@justasmalltownmum no problem! Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions or concerns.

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