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Thorne Road Hatfield Doncaster DN7 6EL

Phone No.

01405 746500

Governor / Director

Marian Mahoney


Male Cat. D and YOI


Yorkshire and Humberside

Operational Capacity

1,272 (with Moorland Closed)

Cell Occupancy


Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Jane Morgan
Vice Chair: Wendy Anwar

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HMP Hatfield is a category ‘D’ open resettlement establishment holding sentenced adult prisoners and sentenced young offenders. Accommodation consists of brick built and also prefabricated units. There is no in-cell sanitation but, as an ‘open prison’, prisoners have 24 hour access to facilities. Prisoners have keys to their cells but some areas have been described by prison inspectors as ‘shabby’. Prisoner/staff relationships are not good and prisoners told prison inspectors they had been threatened or intimidated by staff.


The Ministry of Justice has announced that Hatfield will be privatised in 2013

HMP Hatfield was called HMP Moorland Open but changed its name in 2010. Its management is shared with Moorland Closed.


Young Offenders
One unit housing 60 young offenders in single cellular accommodation. This unit is drug free and subject to VDT or compliance testing.

Two units each housing 40 Cat D's and two units housing 60 Cat D's, all in single cellular accommodation. (There is one YOI unit).

  • A Unit: 60 adult prisoners
  • B Unit: 60 adult prisoners
  • C Unit: 60 YOI prisoners, normally short-term sentence but 2% are outworkers
  • D Unit: 40 adult prisoners – outwork unit
  • E Unit: 40 adult prisoners – outwork unit

Reception Criteria

Young Offenders
18 to 21 years. Up to 4 years and at least 21 days left to serve. Under section 53(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act, prisoners are accepted under HQ's instruction once they have reached 18 years of age.
Any prisoner who has successfully completed a term of home leave from a closed establishment should be considered suitable for open conditions and therefore Moorland Open will consider any such prisoner.

Any prisoner whose risk increases or who becomes unsuitable will be lodged in Moorland Closed and then returned to the sending prison.



Cooking facilities
Fridge - Freezer
Hobbies kits
In-cell power
Own bedding
Own clothes (all for Association and outworking)
Television (£1 per week)

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Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.

The Chaplaincy does far more than just pastoral care; they often are able to lend radios, musical instruments and typewriters; they may take part in Sentence Planning and are available as a ‘listening ear’ and are able, sometimes, to help with domestic problems. Most Chaplaincies run various courses and activities which may or may not have a religious theme. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith (even when segregated).

The Chaplaincy are able to organise faith activities for all main religions (as recognised by the Prison Service; this does not, at present include Rastafarian as a specific religion) and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. The chaplaincy can also intercede on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.

You can contact the Chaplaincy by letter or by telephoning the main prison number and asking to speak to the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy works as part of the prison and cannot, therefore, guarantee confidentiality (they can explain this to you in detail). Prisoners can contact the Chaplaincy in person or by Application.

Chaplaincy Statement of Purpose (HMPS)
The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. We will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. We believe that faith and the search for meaning directs and inspires life, and are committed to providing sacred spaces and dedicated teams to deepen and enrich human experience. We contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at Moorland is: George Pitt

Full-time Anglican, Catholic and Muslim Chaplains.

The prison has a Multi-Faith Room which will provide facilities for any other faith.

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Dentist Availability

As required

Optician Availability

As required

Physio Availability

As required

Stop Smoking Availability

As required

InReach Availability

As required

NHS Healthcare Information for Moorland Open

Prison Healthcare Manager: Angie Mitchell
Tel: 01302 523000

PCT: Doncaster Primary Care Trust
Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority

The IMB say;

'The Healthcare Centre provides limited clinical services for 266 prisoners with other treatment facilities e.g. dentistry available at the Moorland site. Several of the clinics are nurse-led e.g. Smoking Cessation and a doctor attends daily. Two evenings per week a late night clinic is held to accommodate the outwork prisoners who are unable to attend during the day. Prisoners have access to the Integrated Drug Treatment Services Programme.'

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The Manchester College
The Manchester College, Offender Learning Directorate, Fielden Compus, Burlow Manor Road M1 3HB
Tel: 0800 068 8585

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Working Links
Head office: Unicorn House, Bromley, Kent BR1 1NX
Tel: 020 8212 8255

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Crafts
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Numeracy
  • Open University



OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected Hatfield.

To read their latest report click here

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Young Offenders

Employment and workshops include;

  • Industrial Cleaning (BIC qualification)
  • Gardens Party
  • League Football and Cricket
  • Educational Facilities
  • VT Catering
  • Community Taskforce

The main thrust for adults is resettlement employment with outside companies with guaranteed minimum wage.

  • Industrial Cleaning (BIC qualification)
  • Gardens Party
  • League Football and Cricket
  • Educational Facilities
  • VT Catering
  • Community Taskforce
  • Outwork


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Adult Numeracy
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Health and Safety at Work
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW D
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW D
NVQ in Food Processing and Cooking
OCN Entry Level, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 3, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A

QCF provision - Level 3, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C


Current wage for employed

Not disclosed

Wage for retired / long term sick

Not disclosed


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  • ADAP
  • CALM - Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it
  • Cognitive Skills Booster Programme
  • Think First

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  • Job club
  • Job Centre+
  • Self employment classes
  • Working out opportunities

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Moorland Closed and Hatfield are counted together
Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 3
This is on a scale from 1 (serious concerns) to 4 (Exceptional) and is worked out by the Ministry of Justice taking into account 34 criteria such as overcrowding, purposeful activities etc. A score of 3 is considered a good performance. Published quarterly.

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 28.0 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.

Moorland and Hatfield share a budget so the figures below relate to both establishments
Annual Budget: £19,500,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £36,794
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
Because Moorland is a closed prison and Hatfield an open prison the actual cost per prisoner will vary.

Parliamentary Information
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Caroline Flint (Labour)

Prisoners may write to either their ‘Home MP’ or the MP in whose constituency their current prison lies.
The address to write to is:
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA



Most prisons now have PIN phones. Your relative or friend usually needs to apply to have your name and number on his/her telephone account. You will usually receive a call from the prison to check who you are and to ensure you are happy for them to call you. Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls.

There is no restriction on who prisoners can call except in the case of calls to journalists intended to be broadcast. In some cases child protection measures may mean extra checks on who they call.

Prisoners can normally make calls only during ‘association’ periods. Some prisons limit the length of time a call can last to avoid queues and people being disappointed. Prisoners’ telephone calls are very expensive; calls to landlines now cost 10p per minute and 37.5 p to mobiles (compared to 2p in a public phone box). In most prisons the phone calls can be listened to and/or recorded.

If a prisoner is newly convicted or transferred they should be offered an immediate ‘Reception’ phone call to tell you where they are. It may take a few days for numbers to be transferred or added.

When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.

If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).

Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.

On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.

Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.

You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.

It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer postal orders, but you could send a cheque. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners].

For full information about visits please refer to our ‘Visit Info’ section for this prison. Visits are very important to prisoners. At most prisons you may not give any item to the prisoner. Any items you wish to give them must usually be posted to the prison, and often after the prisoner has placed an ‘application’ for authorisation to have it sent in. The items which can be posted in are very limited. Check with the prisoner first and wait until they confirm that you can post it.

If there is a serious emergency - close family serious illness, death, or other reason you need to inform the prisoner immediately, you should telephone the main prison number and explain the problem to the operator who will transfer you to the appropriate person. If you are unhappy about their response redial and ask to speak to the Chaplaincy. Prison staff will not pass on general messages but only critical and very urgent messages. You should provide full details of the prisoner including their number.

Support and Advice
There are many very good charities and agencies who offer support and advice to people with family or friends in prison. We have a special section ‘Help/Support’ which has details and contact information for many of these. Do not hesitate or feel shy about calling any of these; they are there to offer support and advice.

This service operates at this prison. Email a Prisoner enables you to send messages to prisoners, in the UK and Irish prisons that operate the service, from any computer, without any of the hassles of writing and posting a letter, and it costs less than a second class stamp!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.

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Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for, and treatment of, those in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. They provide independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of 'healthy prisons' in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) is appointed from outside the Prison Service, for a term of five years. The Chief Inspector reports to Ministers on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons in England and Wales.

The Inspectorate’s programme of inspection is based on a mixture of chronology and risk assessment. Full inspections run on a five or three year cycle; all unannounced follow-up inspections run on a risk-assessed basis.

Full inspections
Prison establishments holding adults and young adults are inspected once every five years. Establishments holding juveniles are inspected every three years. This type of inspection lasts for at least one week. The Inspectorate collects information from many sources, including the people who work there, the people who are imprisoned or detained there, and visitors or others with an interest in the establishment. Inspection findings are reported back to the establishment’s managers. Reports are published within 16 weeks of inspection. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made within the report, within a short period following publication.

Full follow-up inspections
Follow-up inspections are unannounced and proportionate to risk. In full follow-up inspections inspectors assess progress made and undertake in-depth analysis of areas of serious concern identified in the previous full inspection, particularly on safety and respect.

Short follow-up inspections
Short follow-up inspections are also unannounced and conducted where the previous full inspection and their intelligence systems suggest that there are comparatively fewer concerns.

Escort inspections
Three escort inspections are conducted every year.

Pre-inspection visit
One month prior to each full announced inspection, an inspector will visit the establishment to plan the inspection and request a range of preliminary information. In addition, researchers will attend to conduct a confidential survey of a representative proportion of the prisoner population. Results from the prisoner survey are provided for inspectors prior to the inspection and constitute an important source of evidence.

The inspection
All inspections are conducted against the Inspectorate's published inspection criteria, 'Expectations'. Expectations' are based on international human rights standards, as well as Prison Service Orders and Standards, and over all issues considered essential to the safe, respectful and purposeful treatment of prisoners in custody and their effective resettlement.
'Expectations' is the document which sets out the detailed criteria HMI Prisons uses to appraise and inspect prisons. These criteria are used to examine every area of prison life, from reception to resettlement, including;

• safer custody
• health services
• good order
• work
• diversity
• resettlement

The concept of a healthy prison is one that was first set out by the World Health Organisation, but it has been developed by this Inspectorate, and is now widely accepted as a definition of what ought to be provided in any custodial environment. It rests upon four key tests:

• safety: prisoners, even the most vulnerable, are held safely
• respect: prisoners are treated with respect for their human dignity
• purposeful activity: prisoners are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them
• resettlement: prisoners are prepared for release into the community, and helped to reduce the likelihood of reoffending

Post-inspection action
Inspection reports are published within 16 weeks of the inspection. Prior to publication, the Prison Service (or whoever is responsible for the establishment) is invited to correct any factual inaccuracies within the report. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made in the report, within two months of publication. A progress report on the action plain is produced after a further 12 months.


Last Inspection by HMCIP: 29 November — 3 December 2010 - announced inspection
Report Dated: April 2011
Published: July 15th 2011

They said:
“HMP Hatfield is a Category D open resettlement prison that, at the time of this announced inspection, held 243 adult prisoners and young offenders.

“ The inspection took place at a time when the normal regime of the prison was significantly disrupted by heavy snow. Prisoners who normally left the prison on temporary licence to attend work or other activities were unable to do so and remained in the prison unoccupied. The adverse weather conditions also disrupted the inspection and affected what we could see. We were told, for instance, that the prison grounds had won a prize from ‘Doncaster in Bloom’. We took the prison’s word for this – when we saw them, the grounds were covered in heavy snow.

“ Hatfield prison has been combined for management purposes with Moorland closed prison. The inspection covered both locations. However, we have reported on each location separately. Although some management processes and policies were common to both, the prisons were very different. We did not find any evidence that outcomes for prisoners had improved as a consequence of the merger in either location. There was little evidence, for instance, that resettlement processes were integrated across both sites, which might have had positive benefits. Indeed, in some areas we found that because the data or other information relating to both sites was combined, it was not possible to identify and therefore address issues that were specific to either location. Hatfield had the worst of the arrangement. Management attention was consistently – and probably rightly – focused on the larger closed prison with its more challenging population and so, in many areas, Hatfield appeared to be drifting without any clear strategic direction.

“ Staff were friendly enough when they booked prisoners in at reception but prisoners were then left to find their own room and get their bearings in the prison. Prisoners spent too much time in their first week hanging about with nothing to do. They were given an information pack but there was no organised induction, although a weekly drop in induction surgery was held. New arrivals had to rely on informal support from other prisoners to answer their questions and help them settle in. The assumption seemed to be that prisoners arriving at Hatfield had plenty of experience of the prison system and were low risk so needed little support. In fact, prisoners who had come to Hatfield from long periods in closed prisons told us they found their introduction to the open condition of Hatfield bewildering and stressful.

“ Accommodation was arranged in blocks. Prisoners had keys to their cells which were generally in good condition. There was no integral sanitation but prisoners had access at all times to communal showers and toilets. Some communal areas were shabby, with broken windows and in a poor state of repair. There was a communal dining room. Prisoners complained to us about the quantity and quality of food. What we saw was reasonable but the food budget at £1.70 per person per day was extremely low.

“ Prison staff told us that relationships with prisoners were good but this was at odds with prisoners’ perceptions. Prison staff were not much in evidence at any time and, although we saw some good interactions and positive work being done, we witnessed discourteous and dismissive behaviour from staff. There was little interaction between staff and prisoners on association. More than one in five prisoners told us they had felt threatened or intimidated by staff. Too many staff had little knowledge of the prisoners for whom they were responsible. The personal officer scheme was, to all intents and purposes, non-existent. Staff had little knowledge of the procedures to support prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm but thankfully there was little call for these.

“ There was, in effect, no diversity strategy for Hatfield. The strategy related solely to Moorland and had little relevance to the conditions at Hatfield. There were no arrangements to support prisoners with disabilities and staff were not aware of prisoners who might need evacuation assistance in an emergency. I witnessed one frail, elderly prisoner shivering as he made his way across the grounds in the bitter cold to the dining hall for his evening meal. We were told older prisoners were not issued with coats because ‘they did not work outside’ and prisoners were not allowed hats.

“ Despite this, prisoners told us they generally felt safe. The adjudication and incentives and earned privileges processes were fair and well managed. Security was reasonable and there had been a welcome drop in the number of absconds. However, drug use was high and there was no evidence of an effective strategy to reduce supply.

“ The amount and quality of purposeful activity was a much better story. Prisoners were unlocked throughout the core day from 7.30am to 10pm. There was a good range of work, education and other activities available. Some prisoners had jobs in the community which they accessed on temporary licence. Although the number of paid employment opportunities had recently reduced, about a third of prisoners had some kind of community work placement. At the time of the inspection prisoners were frustrated about being cooped up because of the bad weather. Some suggested to me that they would have welcomed the opportunity to work outside in the community clearing snow.

“ Resettlement processes were disappointingly weak for a resettlement prison. Although there were some good areas of work such as accommodation services, these were not drawn together in a coherent, effective, needs-based strategy. Staff were struggling to implement effective offender management processes.

“ Even allowing for the problems caused by the weather, this was a disappointing inspection. Hatfield was performing poorly. It needs more effective strategic direction and more intrusive management. The prison relied on the fact that it held low risk prisoners who appeared to just want to get through their sentence. This may not have been an unreasonable assumption but at worst it meant that risks were not effectively managed and at best that there was little proactive work to support prisoners in preparing for leading productive and law-abiding lives on release.”

Nick Hardwick April 2011
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons


Click Here to read the full report

Independent Monitoring Board

By law every prison and immigration removal centre must have an Independent Monitoring Board. IMBs in prisons derive their responsibilities from the Prison Act 1952 (Section 6). Prison Rules dealing with IMBs are numbers; 74 to 80

IMBs were known as ‘Boards of Visitors’ and are still referred to in the legislation under their old titles, although this is likely to change in the near future.

The Independent Monitoring Board for each establishment is made up of independent and unpaid volunteers from the local area. They monitor the day-to-day life in the establishment and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Members have unrestricted access to all areas of the prison at all times and can talk to any prisoner they wish, out of sight and hearing of a members of staff. They visit all areas such as; kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare centre and chaplaincy.

If a prisoner or detainee has an issue that they have been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, they can place a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. In addition, if something serious happens at the prison, for example a riot or a death in custody, IMB members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which it is handled.

IMB members sample food, can attend adjudications and should visit people held in the segregation unit. They must also be kept informed on such issues as the use of restraints.

The IMB meets regularly, usually once per month, and has an elected Chair and Vice Chair. Members work together as a team to raise any matters of concern and to keep an independent eye on the prison.


CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any prison.
Click on the year and then select the prison.
For past reports on Hatfield look-up Moorland Open

Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.
Last Update: June 2012


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