HMP Rochester

Rochester Prison

Tel: 01634 803100 – 1 Fort Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 3QS

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HMP Rochester is a young offender’s prison, holding sentenced inmates with sentences of up to seven years. The establishment was constructed in 1874 on a former military site just above the Medway River, but was rebuilt in the early 1900s to serve as a borstal. In its time, it was considered to be a pioneering prison, using then innovative techniques in dealing with its inmates. If you’d like to get to HMP Rochester, please find directions on the map featured on this page.

Tel: 01634 803100

Operational capacity: 658

1 Fort Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 3QS

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Here's some facts about Rochester prison

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HMP Rochester is a category C adult’s and Young Offenders’ male prison in the Borstal area of Rochester, Kent. Opened in 1874, the prison has capacity to hold 744 inmates. Originally known as Borstal prison, and was the first juvenile prison in the country. This is where the term “borstal school” came from.

There are nine residential units. A unit is a drug rehabilitation unit and H is a resettlement unit. The other seven units are general accommodation.

Over £25,000 worth of drugs were thrown over the prison walls in June 2016 in a yellow holdall bag. It was “spotted straight away” by prison officers and siezed. They found a variety of drugs, mobile phones and SIM cards. The contents of the bag was valued at approximately £26,000. This happened only one week after two inmates gained access to the roof of the building, and started tossing tiles off the top.

To view the latest HMIP inspection report, click here.

Visiting hours are 14:00 – 16:00 Mon-Fri, 09:00 – 11:00 Sat & 13:45 – 15:45 Sat-Sun.

  • Inmates were filmed having a bloody fist fight in a dark cell. The video was uploaded on to YouTube on the 23rd December 2015.

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  • An air ambulance was called to the prison at 8:30am on the 21st of July 2016 after an inmate was stabbed.

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  • Two inmates were found on the chapel roof and started hurling tiles down, during a protest about extreme heat in the cells.

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  • The prison is located next to HMP Cookham Wood.

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  • In 2003, the prison was criticised for not offering enough educational opportunities for its inmates. However, a report 3 years later found that the situation was improving.

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  • HMP Rochester was originally called Borstal Prison and was an experimental prison holding young offenders. It was the first prison of its kind, which led to the word ‘borstal’ being used to refer to all youth detention facilities in the country. The name ‘Borstal’ comes from a place in Kent.

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