HMP Wormwood Scrubs wins bid to host CON-ference 2017

HMP Wormwood Scrubs has successfully fended off bids from HMP Barlinnie and HMP Strangeways for the right to hold the inaugural CON-ference 2017.

Event organisers Lagex claims the meeting, which takes place on 1 April, will gather 400 convicts and ex-offenders to discuss issues pertaining to the consequences of transgressions.

The well-appointed jail’s newly opened CON-ference wing features no natural daylight and all food is sourced from the cheapest supplier possible, but is mostly baked beans and chips. Special sieves have been installed in the kitchens to filter broken glass from porridge.

Spa facilities are limited, and bars of soap are available by request.

However, due to security requirements there are no solar panels on the roof, head of events at the prison, J.L. Bird told CN. Local environmentalists have voiced their concerns.

The signature Breakout Room can seat up to 5,000 delegates, although Wi-Fi access is limited.

A special CN supplement on meeting in the nick is set to examine the meeting facilities across Britain’s jails and a new venue-marketing consortium, Unique Jails of Britain, is in its embryonic form, its new CEO April Fuller tells CN.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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