HMP Stafford is a category C prison in Stafford, Staffordshire. Opened in 1793, the orison has capacity to hold 751 male inmates. Since 2014, the prison only holds and accepts sex offenders.
The seven wings, A to G wing, all hold sex offenders. All wings provide normal accommodation and D wing also holds prisoners on induction.
William Palmer, also known as “the Rigeley Poisoner” or “the Prince of Poisoners”, was executed at Stafford Gaol on the 14th June 1856. Palmer was sentenced to death for the murder of John Cook, a friend who he killed over horseracing and betting. He was executed by George Smith, another former inmate at Stafford Gaol for theft (also known as ” Throttler Smith”). Smith’s career as a hangman lasted from 1940 – 1972.
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Visiting hours are 14:00 – 16:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.