Channings Wood Prison information

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Channings Wood is a Category C training prison, which was built on the site of a Ministry of Defence base by a combination of contract and prison labour. Work commenced in 1973 and the prison officially opened in July 1974. Further accommodation was added in 1991 and 2004. A new 64 bed unit was opened in 2007; this houses the specialist Recovery Community Therapeutic Community (TC) which tackles drug misuse issues.

Two of the residential living blocks make up the Vulnerable Prisoners Unit (VPU) which specialises in delivering the Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP).

The prison also delivers the Thinking Skills Programme (TSP).

The prison houses offenders serving a wide range of sentence lengths, and predominantly receives new arrivals from local prisons across the South West Area.


HMP Channings Wood
Newton Abbot
TQ12 6DW

Tel: 01803 814 600
Fax: 01803 814 601

Governor: Terry Witton

Operational Capacity 724

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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