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HMP Altcourse was the first designed, constructed, managed and financed private prison in the UK.

The prison opened on 1st December 1997, and is a category B local prison for young offenders and adult male prisoners.

HMP Altcourse is run by G4S

Tel: 0151 522 2000

Operational Capacity: 1033 from April 2013

Higher Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, Merseyside L9 7LH



Since its opening in 1995 as the 4th contracted out prison in the UK HMP Buckley Hall has undergone many innovations and changes. The original operator was Group 4 Prison Services and they held the contract for 5 years before failing to secure the contract following a retendering process. In 2000 HMP Buckley Hall came into public sector management under a new Service level Agreement

Tel: 01706 514 300

Operational capacity: 445

Buckley Road Rochdale Lancashire OL12 9DP




Garth is a category B training prison which was opened in October 1988.

A new residential unit (housing 120) opened in 1997, and a further 180 places were provided in August 2007.

Tel: 01772 443 300

Operational capacity: 847 as of 1st February 2008

Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland, Lancashire PR26 8NE (Sat Navs use PR26 8LW)



The prison is on the site of and old RAF training centre, converted to a prison in 1967. A great deal of modernisation has taken place over the last few years.  Further improvements are underway.

Tel: 01229 713000

Operational capacity: 644

Millom, Cumbria LA18 4NA



In late December 2006, the National Offender Management Service acquired Ashworth East hospital from Merseyside Care Trust to help combat overcrowding within prisons in England and Wales. HMP Kennet has been opened as a Public Sector Category C Prison and forms part of the 2,500 prison places that the Home Secretary has committed to deliver by the end of 2007, and part of the 10,000 places by 2012.

Tel: 0151 213 3000

Operational capacity: 342 as of 7 June 2013

Parkbourn, Maghull Liverpool Merseyside L31 1HX



Kirkham is a category D training prison occupying the site of a former RAF technical training centre. The facility was taken over by the Home Office in the early 1960's and has been in use as a prison since 1962. With few exceptions the infrastructure and services, together with the buildings, are of World War II vintage, though prisoner accommodation is relatively new.

Tel: 01772 675 400

Operational capacity: 630

Freckleton Road, Preston, Lancashire PR4 2RN



Constructed in 1855 to replace a much older and more cramped establishment in the centre of Liverpool, and covers some 22 acres. It has a single capped security wall. There are 8 wings, all of which are in use having been refurbished and provided with integral sanitation system.

Tel: 0151 530 4000

Operational capacity: 1247 (07/11/13)

68 Hornby Road, Liverpool, Merseyside L9 3DF



Manchester prison, formerly known as Strangeways, is a local prison which accepts people remanded into custody from the courts in the Greater Manchester area. The prison opened in June 1868. In 1963 it was decided that the prison would no longer hold women prisoners, and in 1980 it began to accept remand prisoners.

Tel: 0161 817 5600

Operational capacity: 1238 as of 1st April 2013.

Southall Street, Manchester, Lancashire M60 9AH



Preston is substantially a Victorian radial prison. Its wings were constructed between 1840 and 1895 on a site occupied since 1790.

The prison closed in 1931, reopened for military use in 1939 and as a civilian prison in 1948.

 It became a local prison in 1990.

Tel: 01772 444550

Operational capacity: 750 as of 13th December 2006

2 Ribbleton Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 5AB



Risley opened as a male/female Remand Centre in 1964. It was re-roled to a male category C Training Prison 1n 1990, retaining on the same site the Female Remand Centre and a Male Allocation Centre. The female facility closed in April 1999 and the Male Allocation Centre closed in March 2000, at which time Risley wholly re-roled to a Category C Training Prison.

Tel: 01925 733000

Operational capacity: 1095

Risley, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6BP



HMP Wymott is a male Category C trainer prison which has accommodation for both sex offenders and mainstream Cat C offenders.

It opened in 1979 as a Category C prison.

Telephone: 01772 442000

Operational Capacity: 1176    

Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland, Preston, Lancashire PR26 8LW



Built on the former Agecroft Power Station in Salford, Greater Manchester, HM Prison Forest Bank is an 1364 place Category B Male Local Prison serving the courts of the North-West, accepting remand and sentenced adults and remand young offenders. The prison opened in 2000 and is operated by Sodexo Justice Services.  As part of the overall design, Forest Bank sits in a country park with lake and meadows which are for public use.

Telephone: 0161 925 7000

Operational Capacity: 1364 as of 26 July 2012

Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Manchester, Lancashire M27 8FB



Opened in March 1993 as a Remand Centre/Young Offender Institution.

The establishment's capacity was increased when a new residential unit was opened in June 1996.

In May 2001 Buttermere and Windermere Units were re-roled to dedicated Juvenile Units (Under 18's).

Tel: 01524 563450

Operational capacity: 530 as of 01 April 2013

Far Moor Lane, Quernmore Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 3QZ



The main prison buildings were built as an orphanage in the 1890s which closed in 1956. The site opened as a women's prison in 1962 when female prisoners from Strangeways were transferred in.

From 1983 Young Offenders were admitted and in 1999 a wing was added to accommodate unsentenced female prisoners following the closure of Risley's remand centre, increasing the prison size by 60%.

Tel: 01625 553000

Operational capacity: 460 (June 2013)

Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 4HR



Thorn Cross is a purpose built open institution opened in 1985 on the site of a former Royal Naval Air Station which was initially used as an open adult establishment.

Tel: 01925 805100

Operational capacity: 321 as of 5th August 2008

Arley Road, Appleton Thorn, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4RL


Isle of Man:

Isle of Man Prison

The old Isle of Man prison closed in 2008 and all prisoners were moved to the new site at Jurby, a purpose-built (to category B standards) secure establishment, designed to accommodate all those sent to prison by the courts on the Isle of Man or detained on the authority of immigration officers.

St Patrick's Close Coast Road Jurby Isle Of Man IM7 3JP

Telephone: 01624 891000, Governor Alison Gomme, Operational Capacity 138


Channel Islands:

Guernsey Prison

The Prison has a Certified Normal Accommodation of 122

Les Nicolles, St Sampsons, Guernsey GY2 4YF

Telephone: 01481 248376, Email: Prison.gov@gov.gg,



HM Prison La Moye is a mixed-use prison in the island of Jersey. La Moye is currently Jersey's only prison, and is situated within the boundaries of the Vingtaine de la Moye

La Rue Baal, St Brelade, Jersey JE3 8HQ

Telephone: 01534 441800, Governor Bill Millar, Operational Capacity 184

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