HMP Risley is a category C training prison holding adult males, with a capacity of 1,095. It also holds vulnerable prisoners, notably sex offenders, who are integrated with the other inmates. The prison originally opened in 1964 as a remand centre holding both men and women; however, the female unit officially closed in 1999. If you’d like to find out how to get to HMP Risley, you can find directions using the map on this page.
HMP Risley is a category C prison in the Risley area of Warrington, Cheshire. Opened in 1964, the prison has capacity to hold 1,095 inmates.
Appleton is a 185-bed unit, and Birchwood is a 92-bed unit. Ravensmoor is a 28-bed independent living unit, where prisoners are assessed to determine if they can be trusted to live on the wing without direct supervision. Culcheth is a 197-bed drug recovery unit; the north wing accommodates prisoners on maintenance doses, while the south wing is mainly for support and recovery. Daresbury is a 196-bed unit, with a focus on induction coordination. Elton is a 178-bed unit plus 16 beds in the segregation unit. Glazebury is a 196-bed unit accommodating sex offenders only. Fran Atkinson is a 28-bed unit accommodating sex offenders only.
Appleton, Culcheth, Daresbury, Elton and Glazebury are newer wings with open landings of two spurs each (north and south).
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Visiting hours are 13:45 – 16:00 Mon-Sun and 09:00 – 11:45 Sat-Sun.