HMP Leicester is a category B prison in the Southfield’s area of Leicester, Leicestershire. Opened in 1828, the prison, designed to look like a fortress by William Parsons, has capacity to hold 408 male inmates.
The main living accommodation is a long rectangular block split into A and B wings, with full integral sanitation and in-cell electricity. The accommodation is divided to provide a separate area for vulnerable prisoners, a first night centre and a segregation unit. There is a separate substance misuse unit housed above the health care centre which accommodates 30 prisoners and includes the delivery of the substance misuse programme.
In total, there were 23 executions at HMP Leicester. All of these were executions of males, with the exception of Sarah Smith in 1832. There were two triple executions (in 1929 and 1877) and two double executions (in 1903 and 1944).
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Visiting hours are 14:15 – 16:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 16:00 – 18:00 Wednesdays.