HMP Altcourse

Altcourse Prison

Tel: 0151 522 2000 – Higher Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, Merseyside L9 7LH

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HMP Altcourse is a historic prison in the UK, in that it was the first prison to be completely designed, constructed, financed and managed by a private company. G4S, the company responsible for building this prison, still manage the establishment, which opened in 1997. It is a category B prison, for both male adult prisoners and young offenders, and its capacity is now 1,033.

During our blogging series looking at the history of all UK prisons we found out some fascinating facts about HMP Altcourse, To read the post please click on the link below;

UK Prison History Uncovered: HMP Altcourse



If you’re visiting an inmate in HMP Altcourse and would like to find out how to get there, here’s a useful map to help, plus contact details.

Tel: 0151 522 2000

Operational capacity: 1033 from April 2013

Higher Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, Merseyside L9 7LH



Our low cost phone tariffs are helping many of the inmates at HMP Altcourse stretch their PINS phone credit further.

We are able to do this by allocating a dedicated and secure local landline number to your existing mobile phone, when the prisoner calls you on this new number from any pay phone within Altcourse prison they will only be charged the standard landline rate which is around 10p per minute, rather than the mobile rate which on average costs around 40p per minute.

To find out more about our price plans and to see how you can receive longer, more frequent calls from an inmate at HMP Altcourse please click on the link below.


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Here's some facts about Altcourse prison

Did you know?

HMP Altcouse is the first UK prison to be designed, built, funded, and run by a private company, G4S. The category B prison opened in 1997 and has the capacity to hold 1133 inmates. It is located in Fazakerley, Merseyside. Altcourse accepts mainly northwestern prisoners form England and Wales.

When it was opened in 1997, it was a category A prison, but restructured to category B in 2003. In 2007, it expanded to hold another 180 prisoners by opening another house block.

According to an inspection report from June 2014, time outside of the cells was good quality, but there was “not enough constructive activity to occupy prisoners when they were not in work or education”, despite most prisoners having eleven hours out of the cell.

There are seven house blocks, divided into units. Each unit holds 60-90 prisoners. There is 1 Vulnerable Prisoners Unit, the Reynoldstown block.

Visiting times are every day, on three different occasions throughout the day. For more, visit G4S.

  • The prison employs over 400 people which care for over 1100 prisoners

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  • 22 year old criminal John Johns was sentenced to life after leaving his baby and girlfriend at home to join a murder plot. (2/9/17)

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  • An ISIS extremist, Rajib Khan, was found with a smuggled mobile phone. This was seized after fears of trying to radicalise other inmates in this prison. (7/9/17)

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  • HMP Altcourse often courts controversy. It has experienced problems with drug smuggling and use of illegal mobile phones amongst inmates in the past.


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  • The prison currently employs 400 people from the local area.


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  • Overcrowding is a constant issue in HMP Altcourse. In 2005, reports stated it was the most overcrowded prison in England.


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