Regime information for Ashfield Prison

Education and Employment

All prisoners have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of educational activities including GCSE subjects and Open University courses, Book Keeping, Business Skills and Digital Art’s vocational training opportunities are also offered including Horticulture, Electrics, Painting & Decorating, Carpentry and Food Technology including Baking. All of which provides them with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to assist them into Employment upon release. Prisoners can also chose to undertake employment whilst in Ashfield within the Kitchens, Waste Management, Laundry and Printing, again providing them the necessary skills to assist them in finding employment upon their release.


The area is stocked with at least 4000 fiction and non-fiction books, additional reference and statutory information is available to all. The library also has a selection of computers with restricted internet access.


A wide range of activities will be provided to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all prisoners, including an astro-turf pitch, climbing wall, fitness suite and sports hall. Activities such as YOGA, Tai-Chi, and Bowles will be available in recognition of the broad age group of our population. The Physical Education department will also work alongside Healthcare to encourage prisoners to live healthy lifestyles and provide education and information on diet, fitness and general well-being.


The Healthcare Service is provided by Inspire Better Health who are commissioned by NHS England.  This service includes GP care, nursing services, substance misuse and mental health services, dental services and opticians.

Ashfield has nursing cover from 7.30am to 6.00pm ever day including weekends, the services of an on-call GP are available 24 hours a day.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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