Channings Wood Prison information

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Channings Wood is a Category C training and resettlement prison, which was built on the site of a Ministry of Defence base, near the market town of Newton Abbot. 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.

Channings Wood is a split site with regimes for main and vulnerable men. The prison is committed to enabling our men to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The prison has 4 large industrial workshops and a host of vocational training and educational activities in addition to Offending Behaviour Programmes (OBP’s).

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

Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements, all sentence lengths including life sentence prisoners.

All men are required to work and to fully participate in the regime, unless over retirement age.


HMP Channings Wood
Newton Abbot
TQ12 6DW

Tel: 01803 814 600
Fax: 01803 814 601

Governor: Richard Luscombe

Operational Capacity 724

Latest inspection report: HMP Channings Wood - Sept 2018 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Channings Wood - April 2019 (PDF)

HMIP Independent review of progress - report July 2019

HMPPS response to independent review of progress

If you wish to report concerns with regard to a person in Custody, please phone the Safer Custody team on 01803 814679 or let any member of staff know. For urgent issues please contact the main phone number on 01803 814600 and ask to speak to the Orderly Officer.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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