Integrated Sentence Management
The Integrated Sentence Management (ISM) system was developed to ensure co-ordination of interactions with prisoners based on agreed sentence plans.
As part of ISM, prisoners take a greater personal responsibility for their own development through active engagement with services in the prisons. ISM involves initial assessment, goal setting and periodic review to measure progress.
Under ISM, a newly committed prisoner with a sentence of one year or greater is assessed by an ISM Co-ordinator. A personal plan for the prisoner to complete during his/her time in prison is then drawn up. The plan is reviewed regularly between the ISM Co-ordinator and the prisoner, with written reports feeding in from the relevant services and agencies.
Approximately one year prior to release, the ISM Co-ordinator meets the prisoner to establish his/her needs on release and a plan is put in place to assist his/her re-integration into the community.
•Since the commencement of the pilot in 2008 to the end of March 2012, approximately 3,240 prisoners have been offered participation in ISM.
•2,276 prisoners were participating at the end of March 2012.
•944 of these participants have agreed sentence plans in place.