How do I keep in contact with someone in HMP Barlinnie?

If you want someone in prison to be able to contact you – make sure that they have a note of your phone number and current address as these are needed for prison checks to be carried out. You should be able to receive calls from them once the checks are cleared – there isn’t currently a system for you to contact the person by phone. If you are worried about someone in prison, you can contact the Family Contact Team 0141 770 2037 (answer machine) during office hours or if you have an urgent concern, contact Prison Social Work via the switchboard 0141 770 2000 and ask for the duty social worker.

You can contact someone in HMP Barlinnie by writing them a letter or an email. You can include photos or attachments to both letters and emails but cannot include anything with a photo of the prisoner. You also cannot include a reply envelope – the prisoner needs to supply this himself.

To email, you need to know the person’s Prisoner Number and which prison they are in. You can register at  www.emailaprisoner.com and have to put at least £5 on to your account. You can then email the person for 40p and, if you indicate that you’re happy to pay for it, the person can reply for 25p. Emails are printed and given to the person with the regular post, he can then hand write a reply and it will be typed up and emailed to you.

To write a letter, use their Name, Prisoner Number and Location, followed by the postal address:

e.g.    123456 S Smith
           1/15 B Hall
           H M Prison Barlinnie
           81 Lee Avenue
           Glasgow
           G33 2QX

If you don’t know the person’s Prisoner Number or Cell Number, you may want to try writing a letter anyway. The letter can take longer to get to them, but should get there as long as there is no-one else in the prison with the same name.

e.g.    123456 S Smith
           1/15 E Hall
           H M Prison Barlinnie
           Lee Avenue
           Glasgow
           G33 2QX

You can also contact someone through the Email A Prisoner scheme.

You can also receive calls from someone in prison, as long as your phone number has been approved by the prison.