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.
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.