HMP Styal is a closed category women’s prison in Styal, Cheshire. Opened in 1962, the prison has capacity to hold 486 female inmates.
There are 16 detached Victorian houses, with mainly shared accommodation for approximately 20 women. Some have specialist functions, like Oak house, the first night centre, holding women for between 24 and 48 hours on reception, Barker house, used for induction, while Reach house consists of the drug recovery unit. The mother and baby unit has spaces for nine mothers and 10 babies. Waite wing, holding 140 women on two spurs, consists of a mixture of single and double cells in standard cellular accommodation and housed women needing greater supervision, including those on the basic regime and those on suicide and self-harm prevention procedures. The segregation unit holds up to nine women in cellular accommodation and the Dove Centre, a nine-bed unit, offers therapeutic support to women with complex needs.
Claire McMenemy left MHP Styal in 2015. She told the housing officers that she had no accommodation, so they “offered to give me a tent’. She asked where to put it, and they replied with : “pitch it outside the prison building.”
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Visiting hours are 14:00 – 16:00 Mon-Thu and Sat-Sun.