Please see below a link to a PGA Press Release regarding HMP Woodhill – Urgent Notification. Link: PGA PRESS RELEASE – 01_09_23 – HMP Woodhill Urgent Notification
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Welcome to the Prison Governors Association (PGA) Website.
The PGA was founded in October 1987 to represent the higher operational managers in the Prison Service in England and Wales.
The PGA was placed on the register of Trade Unions on 6 November 1987 (No. 639T).
On 28 July 1988 the Certification Officer under the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974 issued the Prison Governors Association with a Certificate of Independence. The status of the Prison Governors Association is that of an independent registered Trade Union.
Our Association exists to represent the interests of its membership and promote and support continuous improvement within the criminal justice system.
The PGA membership of over 1000 includes Operational and Senior Operational Managers of grades 11 to 7 and Senior Civil Servants whose background is in operational prison management.
The bulk of grades A to F occupy Governor, Deputy Governor and other governor grade posts in the public sector prisons of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland although many are serving periods of secondment in NOMS Headquarters and other Criminal Justice organisations
The Prison Governors Association (PGA) exists to represent the interests of its membership, and to promote and support continuous improvement within the criminal justice system.
We have a number of aims which can be read in our manifesto.
Furthermore, you can read more information about our principles in our Rules and Constitution, which can be found here.
We believe that the PGA offers a first-class service to members. We need to keep our membership base strong by including as many of you as possible to face some very difficult times ahead.
We would welcome your membership. If you would like further information, please click here.
News & Articles
Please see below a link to a press release dated 28 July, 2023, regarding the announcement of an urgent notification into HMP Bristol: Link: PGA PRESS RELEASE – 28_07_23 – HMP Bristol Urgent Notification
Link to Interview: Full prisons ‘are not safe places’, says Prison Governors Association President – Channel 4 News
Please see below a link to Bulletin 859 regarding our President’s speech to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs on 23 May, 2023. Link: Bulletin 859
Please see below a link to PGA Bulletin 858, which provides a general update to members on ongoing issues. Link: Bulletin 858
Please fin below a link to a letter sent to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, regarding prison overcrowding. Link: Lord Chancellor Letter dated 24 February 2023 (Overcrowding)
Please see below a link to a Press Release dated 30 November 2022 regarding the Government’s announcement on the use of police cells for prisoners under ‘Safeguard’. Link: PGA PRESS RELEASE – 15_02_23 – Prison Capacity and Overcrowding
Please find below a link to PGA Bulletin no. 851 regarding: Message for successful Head of Function Assessment Candidates Our congratulations to successful candidates and request to pass this on to them… Research: The effects of military service on prison service staff Details of external research into the effects of military service of prison staff…
Please see below a link to PGA Bulletin No. 850, providing colleagues with an update on issues affecting the PGA membership and an end of year message. Link: Bulletin 850
Please see below a link to PGA Bulletin 848 dated 8 December, 2022, providing information around speeches, debates and resolutions: Bulletin 848 The latest resolution table (as of 8 December 2022): Annual Conference Resolutions 2022 Transcribed debates and speeches: Conference Debates and Speeches 2022