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HMP ADDIEWELL Prison Regime Info


Station Road Addiewell West Lothian EH55 8QA

Phone No.

01506 874500

Governor / Director

Audrey Park





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Single and double

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First Night Centre


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Addiewell houses male convicted and male untried prisoner admissions from the North and South Lanarkshire courts. It is designed as a ‘learning’ prison, where prisoners can address their offending behaviour and the circumstances which led to their imprisonment.


HMP Addiewell, Scotland's first new prison for almost 10 years opened on 12 December 2008. It has places for 700 prisoners and will be the most modern prison accommodation in Scotland. The Prison is situated near the village of Addiewell in West Lothian, four miles west of the town of Livingston. From Monday 02 February 2009, it will become the local prison for the North and South Lanarkshire Courts. It will accept Adult Male convicted and untried prisoner admissions (including under 21-year old remands) from these courts.

The prison is being provided and operated under contract to the SPS by Sodexo, a private company, which is currently running a number of prisons in England on behalf of HMPS.


Sodexo say

'Sodexo Justice Services operates within the same statutory rules as any other prison in Scotland. HMP Addiewell houses male convicted and male untried prisoner admissions from the North and South Lanarkshire courts.

HMP Addiewell is designed as a "learning" prison, where prisoners can address their offending behaviour and the circumstances which led to their imprisonment. The learning aspect aims to improve prisoners employability prospects, their wellbeing and community support networks.

Sodexo Justice Services is committed to providing 40 hours of purposeful activity, per offender, per week. Purposeful activity is divided into three main areas: Learning & Skills, Jobs and Programmed Interventions. Additionally the Link Centre allows prisoners to meet with outside agencies when making the transition from prison life to the community.'


Addiewell has two large purpose built Houseblocks. There are 12 separate wings in the Houseblocks containing single and double cells as well as cells for disabled prisoners. The wings separate remand, convicted, new admission, long-term and protection prisoners. The prison also has a Separation and Care Unit.


  • Own clothes
  • Own bedding
  • PlayStation
  • Television (£1 per week with Freeview & Sky Sports)

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Mon: 07:30 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 21:00
Tue: 07:30 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 21:00
Wed: 07:30 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 21:00
Thu: 07:30 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 21:00
Fri: 07:30 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 21:00
Sat: 07:30 - 13:00, 13:00 - 17:30 & 18:00 - 20:30
Sun: 07:30 - 13:00, 13:00 - 17:30 & 18:00 - 20:30




Mon: 18:45 - 21:00
Tue: 18:45 - 21:00
Wed: 18:45 - 21:00
Thu: 18:45 - 21:00
Fri: 18:45 - 21:00
Sat: 09:45 - 12:30, 14:30 - 17:30 & 19:00 - 20:30
Sun: 09:45 - 12:30, 14:30 - 17:30 & 19:00 - 20:30

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The following sports are normally available:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme

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On request.

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Full-time Faith Leader.

Part-time Catholic Chaplain. Visiting Muslim Chaplain.

Facilities for other faiths as required.

The Chaplaincy in Scottish Prisons
The key aims of the Scottish Prison Service are the custody of prisoners, their good order, their care, and opportunities to equip them for life after liberation. Chaplains contribute most obviously to the pastoral care of prisoners and, if prisoners respond positively to the care and opportunities offered, it follows that good order is likely and the experience of custody can lead to positive outcomes. Chaplains therefore contribute to the attainment of SPS aims. Care is not limited to prisoners, but is also available to staff.

Prison chaplains are part of a care team with prison officers, doctors, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, prison managers and other specialists. Chaplains are able to take a holistic approach towards prisoners and their relationships. They are also thoroughly ecumenical within the Christian faith and willing to work closely with prisoners and leaders of other faiths. In Residential and Industrial areas, Links Centres, Visit Rooms, Libraries and Learning Centres Chaplains are welcome as a comforting and encouraging presence.

Much work is done to help prisoners find sound reasons for self respect and hope. A chaplain may spend a few minutes or several hours with a prisoner on remand or when newly convicted, when self-esteem is at its least and fear and risk of self-harm are at their peak. Time is also given when prisoners suffer bereavement or have difficulty coming to terms with the many losses associated with imprisonment. This seldom begins in a formal setting and often arises through relationships developed out of casual contacts in corridors, workshops, classrooms and halls.

Links are fostered with families and churches, if a prisoner agrees, to build a foundation of relationships and care during a sentence and beyond liberation. Many churches are willing to make unconditional offers of care - for example, gathering presents at Christmas to be distributed to prisoners' families. This helps reduce their feelings of isolation and rejection.

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  • Dentist Sessions - Weekly
  • Optician Sessions - Weekly
  • Physio Sessions - As required
  • Podiatry Sessions - Fortnightly
  • Stop Smoking Sessions - Daily
  • CPN - As required
  • InReach Sessions - As required


Nearest Hospitals

St John's Hospital
Howden Road West, Livingston EH54 6PP
01506 523 000
7 km

St. Michael's Hospital
Edinburgh Road, Linlithgow EH49 6QS
01506 842 053
14.5 km

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The following classes are normally available;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Language
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Numeracy
  • Open University

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Employment and workshops include;

  • Catering
  • DIY Kitchen Building
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Plastering


Current Wages

Employed: £10.00 - £15.00

Education: £10.00 - £15.00
Retired: £10.00 - £15.00

Long term sick: £10.00 - £15.00



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  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Anti Sectarian
  • CARE
  • Constructs
  • MMSU

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  • Job Club


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits - Up to 16 years
No of Visitors Permitted - No limit

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UK Parliamentary Information


MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Graeme Morrice(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

Scottish Parliament


REGION: Lothian

CONSTITUENCY MSP: Angela Constance (Scottish National Party)

The address of the Scottish Parliament is:
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP



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.

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website


Story Book Dads/Mums
Story Book Dads/Mums operates at this prison.
The imprisoned parent records a story and a message which is then edited and enhanced using digital audio software and editors remove mistakes and add sound effects and music. Finally a CD is made, a personalised cover created, and the finished disc sent to the child. The whole service is free.

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Follow-up Inspection 12-16 June 2012
Published: 12 September 2012

They said:

Improving but still a high turnover of staff

“Addiewell, Scotland’s newest private prison (run by Sodexo Justice Services) was inspected in November 2010, just less than 2 years after it first opened.

“The report was published in January 2011 and by and large, that report was positive:“…it is an impressive prison. It has made huge progress in most areas. Indeed, Addiewell has shown real evidence of Good Practice, some of which I would describe as ‘Best Practice’”.

“However, I was also clear that a number of areas needed to be re-inspected. Levels of violence were reported as being high; staff turnover appeared to be high; there was an inconsistent approach to ACT2Care; the Listeners did not feel well supported; the Learning, Skills and Employability contract had been terminated and had, just prior to the inspection, been replaced by the prison’s own education staff. Healthcare was, at best, at a basic level. Participation in purposeful activities was not as high as it could have been.

“I therefore felt that HMP Addiewell should be re-visited and so undertook an unannounced follow-up inspection in June 2012.

“In general it is clear that the prison has carried out a significant amount of well-considered work to address many of the issues highlighted in the report. I was pleased to see significant progress in a number of areas.

“I had been concerned about poor staff retention because prisons need a foundation of experience, particularly at junior management level and also in residential halls. I had reported in 2010: “there is still a comparatively high turnover of staff when compared to prisons which have been open much longer, particularly of more experienced staff, and this does not help embed operational knowledge and practice in to the establishment.” Sodexo’s assessment was that improved staff salaries would lead to improved retention. The effect of these salary increases had not yet impacted at the time of the follow-up and the figures show that staff retention still appears to be poor. The result of this is that some staff in the halls appear to be inexperienced and are not as engaged with prisoners as I would have expected. Although the Chair of the Visiting Committee reported that he believed that staff had become more knowledgeable, inspectors observed an instance of a poorly-run evening ‘lock up’ which had the potential to raise unnecessary safety risks. I suggest that staff training in halls is addressed as a priority. We will continue to monitor staff retention in the hope that the new salary scales will considerably improve this situation.

“I continue to believe that Addiewell is a safe prison. Prisoners reported that they feel safe and the evidence shows that staff/prisoner relationships are good. My view is that Addiewell is no more violent than other prisons, nevertheless, the prison should not be complacent on this issue.

“In general, healthcare has improved considerably from a very poor position. The transfer to the NHS has gone relatively smoothly and the Health Centre Manager has overseen a number of improvements. Almost every area of weakness has made good progress.

“Family contact had been an area of good practice and this continues to be the case. For example, family involvement in the Integrated Case Management (ICM) process remains about 29%. This is more than double the average figure achieved by public sector prisons. I had hoped to see improved processing of visitors arriving for visits.

“Unfortunately I observed long delays at the property desk and at other points and I suggest the prison reviews the processes for visitors to make this more streamlined and efficient. The prison, in association with Families Outside, is due to open a families resource centre and I believe this signifies good progress and will greatly improve support for families. This also demonstrates the strong community links the prison has developed.

“Participation in purposeful activity has improved from about 60% to approximately 75% and this is a significant achievement. Much of the good work has been due to the ability of senior managers to interrogate the data produced from the Custodial Management System (CMS). The CMS is proving to be a useful prisoner management information tool. The related Kiosk system allows prisoners to book visits, select meal choices, access their own financial accounts, order items from the prison canteen and interrogate their timetable. I suggest the SPS look at the opportunities that computerised management systems bring in terms of organising activities as well as other aspects of prisoner management.

“Education is developing well but there are insufficient teachers with the proper teaching qualifications and this issue must be addressed.

“In conclusion, the prison is making good progress. Change seems to be constant at Addiewell, but it is change for the sake of development and improvement. The pace of change at Addiewell is fairly rapid. Some prisoners, find such change difficult and expressed their concerns during the inspection. I would like to see managers and residential staff engage more with prisoners to better effect. Addiewell needs to provide prisoners with reassurance that their complaints and concerns are being correctly dealt with.”

Brigadier Hugh Monro CBE
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland
September 2012

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Previous Inspection

Full Inspection 22 - 30 November 2010

Report dated: 21 January 2011

Report published: 10th March 2011

This is the first inspection of Addiewell.



"Overall I was very impressed by the progress that Addiewell has made in a
relatively short period of time. It has set high standards in many areas but the
challenge will be to maintain those standards and to keep the momentum going.
Healthcare and LSE have undergone significant changes, hopefully for the better and
these areas will need specific re-inspection next year. I will also continue to monitor
the impact of the high turnover of staff and the high levels of violence, particularly the
number of assaults on staff. This is a positive report on a new prison and I
congratulate the Director and her staff on their hard work. I re-iterate my view that
many of the lessons learned at Addiewell should be examined more closely by the
Scottish Prison Service."

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
21 January 2011


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Click Here for information about HMCIP inspections


Visiting Committee

Visiting Committees provide a necessary outside perspective on the life and work of a prison or young offenders’ institution. They act as independent observers on behalf of the community and the Scottish Executive, to whom they are responsible. This independence is central to the function of Visiting Committees underlining the fact that they are not part of the management structure of a prison.

The principal duty of a Visiting Committee is to satisfy itself as to the state and administration of the prison and, in particular, the treatment of prisoners. Visiting Committees should ensure that conditions in prisons and young offenders’ institutions contribute to a safe, humane and decent environment in which prisoners’ rights are respected and where they are provided with opportunities to prepare for release in ways likely to reduce re-offending.

Visiting Committees visit establishments regularly and comment on these matters as well as providing robust, timely and fair responses to prisoners with issues or complaints.

Click here to download the latest Visiting Committee Annual Report (2009/2010)

Click Here to link to the Association of Visiting Committee’s website

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: November 2014

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