HMP Forest Bank

Forest Bank Prison

Tel: 0161 925 7000Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Manchester, Lancashire M27 8FB

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HMP Forest Bank is a privately run category B male local prison, which accepts remand and sentenced adults and young offenders. It is run by Sodexo. The prison, which opened in 2000, is situated in Pendlebury, near Salford, and has a capacity of 1,460. It was constructed on the former site of Agecroft power station.

An unannounced inspection of HMP Forest Bank between the 15 – 19 February
2016 stated

‘HMP Forest Bank continues to manage the challenges it faces well and had
improved further’ said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. “However, the
needs of some marginalised groups of prisoners merited further attention” he


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Tel: 0161 925 7000

Operational capacity: 1460

Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Manchester, Lancashire M27 8FB

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Here's some facts about Forest bank prison

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HMP Forest Bank is a category B prison in Bury, Greater Manchester. It is privately owned by Sodexo Justice Services, and holds up to 1,460 prisoners at a time. The prison opened in January 2000

The residential units are spread through wings A-H. A1 holds  young adults, while A2 is general. B1 + 2 are general, as is C1. C2 holds vulnerable prisoners. D1 is general, and D2 is a drug-free wing. E1 is the general and dispersal wing. F1 is basic and challenging behaviour wing F2 is general. G1 Recovery wing G2 is the first night and induction unit. H1 is the integrated drug treatment system and induction. H2 holds vulnerable prisoners.

In December 2005, over 2kg of cannabis, 60g of morphine, and 5.6g of cocaine were found during an inspection.

To view the latest inspection report from the HMIP, click here.

Visiting hours are between 13:00 – 19:00 Tue-Fri, and 12:30 – 16:00 Sat-Sun.

  • In 2013, the Chief Inspector of Prisons observed that close to half of the prisoners were ‘locked up doing nothing during the working day.’

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  • The prison has received numerous damning reports over the years; for escaping prisoners, drug abuse and violence.

    Forest bank prison fact 2
  • Although HMP Forest Bank is a category B prison, most of the inmates are category C.

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