Birmingham Prison information


Birmingham is a Victorian local prison housing adult male prisoners. It serves the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts of Birmingham and Shrewsbury and the Magistrates’ Courts of Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Warley, Dudley and Telford.

In 2004 the prison underwent a period of considerable change as a result of a multi-million pound investment programme by the Prison Service. 450 additional prisoner places were added together with new workshops, educational facilities, a new healthcare centre and gymnasium as well as extensions and improvements to existing facilities.

G4S assumed responsibility for HMP Birmingham on 1 October 2011 and will manage the contract for the next 15 years.

The new management will provide a real opportunity for all staff and prisoners at the prison, to make a real contribution to the shaping of the future at Birmingham.

G4S will continue to invest in HMP Birmingham. This investment will provide a springboard for further developments for services to our staff, prisoners and the community by ensuring decent and humane conditions with enhanced purposeful activities for prisoners to develop their skills and prepare themselves for release.

Birmingham is the first ever public sector prison to be transferred into the private sector estate.


Winson Green Road,
B18 4AS

Tel: 0121 598 8000
Fax: 0121 345 2501

Step in HMPPS Governor: Paul Newton

HMPPS Controller: Suzanne Litherland

Operational Capacity: 1,028 (01/11/18)

Type of Accommodation:

Reception Criteria: HM Prison Birmingham holds adult male prisoners, both convicted and unconvicted. The prison serves the Birmingham and Shrewsbury court circuits and its primary role is the holding of remand and trial prisoners. The prison has a total of 11 Wings, including an older prisoners unit, a drug recovery unit and a First Night Centre.  The prison holds Category B and Category C prisoners and we have a small population of retained Category Ds who are working towards a local release.

The prison does not have a lifer unit.

Latest inspection report: HMP Birmingham - August 2018 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Birmingham - December 2018 (PDF)

HMIP Independent review of progress - report May 2019

HMPPS response to independent review of progress

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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