HMP Wealstun is a category C prison in Thorp Arch, West Yorkshire. Opened in 1995, as an amalgamation between HMP Thorp Arch and HMP Rudgate, the prison has capacity to hold 832 male inmates.
There are 10 residential units: A-J. A and B wings are the original 196- remand buildings, housing 230 prisoners in both single and double cells. C wing holds 180 prisoners all in single cells, including two safer cells, holding the majority of prisoners on the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) programme. D wing is a single cell accommodation unit. E, F, G, H, I & J wings were converted from a category D establishment in 2008, and hold a total of 300 inmates. H wing is mainly for prison kitchen workers.
Owen Oyston, former owner of Blackpool FC, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the rape of a 16-year-old girl in 1996. In 1999, he was denied parole, with at least 12 months until a further application could be made (after his automatic release date).
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Visiting hours are 09:30 – 11:30 & 13:30 – 15:30 Monday-Thursday, and 09.30 – 11.30 & 13.45 – 16.00 Saturday-Sunday.