Lay Observers are independent, unpaid volunteers and work an average of 2-3 days per month. Their role is to monitor the welfare of prisoners in the care and custody of the escort contractors.

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Lay Observers are appointed by the Secretary of State under the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (CJA1991), to check on the welfare of prisoners while they are in the care and custody of the Escort contractors. The escort of prisoners from prisons and police stations to courts in England and Wales is contracted out to the private sector and is managed by the Ministry of Justice.

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    Welcome to the Lay Observer website. We hope you find the information on the website both helpful and informative. We hope this site will encourage you to find out more about the organisation and consider becoming a new member to undertake this interesting, challenging and important work.

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