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HMP OAKWOOD Prison Regime Info


Oaks Drive Featherstone Wolverhampton WV10 7QD

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01902 799 700

Governor / Director

Director: John Mclaughlin


Male Cat. C


West Midlands

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Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Allan Chappell
Vice Chair: Graham Oliver

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HMP Oakwood started life as Featherstone 2 in 2011; the government contract to operate the prison was awarded to G4S. The prison was built to a Cat B specification, however when commissioned it was for a Cat C status prison which would house 1605 prisoners in single cell accommodation. The first prisoners arrived on the 24 April 2012 at the then called Oakwood Prison.

The main entrance to the prison houses the Gatehouse, Command Suite, Admin offices, Security, Offender Management Unit (OMU), Finance, Management Offices and Conference / Board rooms.

The prison has three main accommodation house blocks; named Ash, Beech and Cedar; each block is built on a hub and spur arrangement as of a wheel. Within each block there are five spurs, of which four are for housing. Each block has two landings, known within the prison as uppers and lowers, totalling eight units, each accommodating one hundred and twenty prisoners. The fifth spur houses Education rooms and Mandatory Drug Testing (MDT) suites. The central hub houses the wing offices, interview rooms, the food serveries, medication hatch and toilets. There are a number of special cells for wheelchair users, which are twice the size of a normal cell. Listener suites are available on all main house blocks.

A fourth residential block, known as Douglas, houses lifers and longer term prisoners. This unit can accommodate up to eighty nine prisoners.

There is a separate Care and Separation Unit (CSU) building, which can accommodate twenty four prisoners.

Adjacent to the Prisoner Reception and Processing unit (Admissions) is a First Night Centre, which accommodates a maximum of seventy prisoners for their first night or nights within Oakwood.

Education within the prison is provided by Milton Keynes College.

All Food provision is contracted out to Aramark.

There is a large Healthcare unit. South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust was allocated a budget to provide all healthcare provision. Worcestershire Primary Healthcare Trust provides this service.

There are buildings dedicated for prisoner visits and a Visitor Reception Unit, known as the Family Pathway Centre, is provided outside the main prison.

Kitchens, Gym, Chaplaincy / Multi-Faith Centre/Education workshops/Library and Industrial workshops and a staff refreshment area are also housed in separate buildings.


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Victim Awareness, Chrysalis and the Horse Courses are non-accredited. Chrysalis is proving a very popular course with seventy one completers and four hundred and fifty seven on the waiting list. This course is about how we make decisions and the consequences of our actions. It gets people to think before they act. It has a Restorative Justice element, which is good evidence for the Parole Board. Three prisoners from Douglas house block, who have completed the course, are now acting as mentors, working with the Youth Offending Team outside prison.

The Supporting Offenders Through Restoration Inside programme (SORI) and Sycamore course, both victim awareness courses, are run in the prison. Douglas prisoners are mentoring prisoners through the course and the Lifer group are also a good influence. CALM courses are attracting Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) prisoners who need to show the Parole Board evidence of involvement.

SOLAS are working in the prison with their EUREKA project. The project encourages prisoners to engage and use their creativity and channel it into something worthwhile. Currently the prison has three groups, each containing ten prisoners. The aim is to come up with an exciting new product, design and market, working to a level 3 qualification. The scheme works in communities and schools. The ideas are patented. The prisoners involved normally have two to five years still to serve so that the business has a chance to grow. Any monies made from the business are kept until they are released and they can have part as a percentage sum and then a monthly amount. If they reoffend then the monies in their business account go to Victim Support.


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