HMP Pentonville Council
Due to the success of the User Voice Prison Council models exhibited in many prisons, HMP Pentonville requested User Voice to help service users there establish one of its own.
June 2014, and after two months of preparation, training and recruitment, the first elections of HMP Pentonville were successfully held. The turnout was impressively high as 78% turnout was registered for the prisoners’ participation and 63% for the whole of Pentonville’s population.
The Pentonville Prison Council parties consist of the “Education and Training party”, “Pen-together-ville Regime and Amenities Party” and “Resettlement Party”. Each party has its area of focus, manifesto and programme. Voters had the choice to elect the one of three parties they considered most relevant. “Pen-together-ville Regime and Amenities Party” won these elections and earned 6 sits on the council, while the “Resettlement Party” and “Education and Training Party” won respectively 5 and 3 seats.
Thanks to the Council members and Prison Staff, the elections were a great success and a promising start for the HMP Pentonville Prison Council.