Doncaster Prison information


Opened in June 1994. Operated under contract by Serco.


Off North Bridge Road

Tel: 01302 760870
Fax: 01302 760851

Visits Booking Line: 01302 767992

Director: Jerry Spencer

Controller: Ruth Kerr

Operational capacity: 1145 as of 1 February 2017

Accommodation: Three Houseblocks, each Houseblock has 4 separate two-level wings which hold 90 to 96 prisoners per wing. A separate ground floor Annex wing houses prisoners with social care needs and/or mobility issues.

Reception criteria: No criteria set.

General Information

HMP & YOI Doncaster opened as a local Category B remand establishment in June 1994 and upgraded to a Category A core local prison in March 1999 until May 2003 when operational changes within the Prison Service’s High Security Estate required it to revert to Category B.  Operated since that time by Serco, Doncaster is built by on the site of a former power station in the town centre, on an island between a river and a canal.

In October 2011 Serco was awarded a 15 year operating contract from NOMS, to continue to manage the prison until 2026.

Doncaster prison is currently a busy town-centre category B local prison holding 1145 remand and sentenced young offenders and adult male prisoners.  One Houseblock (all 4 wings) has recently become a sex offender unit.

Doncaster is also a resettlement prison, working with prisoners, particularly those serving less than 12-months, to ensure that they have the support they need for resettlement as well as access to the services and support available to them after release. The majority of our prisoners are released back into South Yorkshire.

The majority of HMP & YOI Doncaster’s population comes from the local South Yorkshire area, particularly Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley but it also houses young offenders from the West Yorkshire area.

The prison’s last unannounced inspection was October 2015; more recently the prison has been informed HMIP will carry out a full announced inspection in July 2017.

In support of the Government’s stance on prisons being ‘Tough But Intelligent’ the prison operates a Zero-Tolerance approach to substance misuse and violence, which is enforced by a tough incentives and earned privileges (IEP) scheme that regulates prisoners’ entitlements according to their behaviour.  A new initiative implemented in 2016 is a Social Responsibility Unit (SRU) designed to address anti-social behaviour in the prison. Together with a wing incentives scheme where prisoners earn rewards weekly for adhering to a suite of targets, these initiatives have markedly reduced violence levels.

Our Vision and Mission

At Doncaster we have long been regarded as pioneers when it comes to the re-settlement of prisoners.  The advent of Payment By Results has led to a further ‘Step Change’ in the way prisoners are managed.  Being given the autonomy and the responsibility for determining just how prisoners are supported both in and out of custody, as well as what interventions should be applied and more importantly at what point in the process, has led to ground-breaking new initiatives and a true end to end process.

Through our Alliance Case Management model, and in partnership with Catch 22, as well as numerous other organisations in all sectors, we are changing the way that prisons are run in a way that must lead to completely new approaches across the estate.  
We have managed to successfully reverse the current trend, where everyone is looking for things to do less of due to spending restrictions by boldly stepping out into the communities of South Yorkshire and by tapping into the need for organisations to demonstrate ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and Social Inclusion.

Our Vision Statement sums up the objective of the overarching strategy at HMP Doncaster.

“We will break the cycle of recidivism and reduce reoffending rates by imbuing our offenders with the attitudes, skills and education to enable their return to society as pro-social citizens.”

Our Mission statement outlines the actions necessary to achieve our Vision.

We will create a pathway for change that supports offenders and encourages them to believe in themselves, turning away from crime, and building a better future.

We will empower our people to provide a service that focuses upon the needs of the individual and respects the personal journey he must take towards success.

Whilst in our care, offenders will learn to identify their triggers and develop the alternative behaviours necessary to enable them to break their cycle of reoffending.

We will cross the boundaries of our establishment to partner with external organisations within the community to ensure continuity of support for offenders post release.

We will embrace collaboration with external stakeholders and recognise the expertise and contribution they can make on a prisoner’s journey to permanent change.

By working together, we will signpost that path both pre and post release and engage prisoners to make the right choice.

By realising our vision we will break the cycle of reoffending, unlock potential and create real opportunities for change.

HM Prison Service


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