HMP Swaleside is a category B men’s prison in Eastchurch, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Opened in 1988, the prison has capacity to hold 1,112 male inmates. It is an active part of the Sheppey cluster of prisons (consisting of HMP Standford Hill, HMP Elmley and HMP Swaleside.)
A wing and C wing hold 126 prisoners each. B wing holds 126 prisoners, including people separated for their own protection and those involved in the managing challenging behaviour programme. D wing holds 126 prisoners, including those in the induction unit. E wing holds 120 prisoners on the enhanced regime. F wing also holds 120 prisoners, mainly those in the PIPE. G wing holds 178 prisoners including those involved in the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS). H wing holds 178 prisoners, including those on the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust programme. The segregation unit holds 25-bed unit, and the health care unit is a 17-bed inpatient unit.
60 inmates at HMP Swaleside started a riot in late December 2016. It started in the 22nd December, when fires were lit in the prison, and was halted in the early hours of the 23rd December 2017.
MI5 agent Michael Bettany was jailed in 1984 for “offering secrets to Russia”. He was held at HMP Swaleside for part of his sentence before parole in 1998.
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Visiting hours are 14:00 – 16:00 Mon-Sun.