Dorchester Prison information


Dorchester is a local prison serving the Crown and Magistrates' courts in Dorset and some in Somerset; the population varies from day to day.

The present buildings are of a typical Victorian design with wings radiating from a central hub and galleried landings.

HMP Dorchester operates as a Level 4 establishment and was awarded 'Most Improved Prison for 2008'.


North Square

Tel: 01305 714500
Fax: 01305 714501

Governor: Carole Draper

Deputy Governor: Stephen Robertson

Accommodation: Cells and some small dormitories.

Operational capacity: 291 as of 7th May 2013

Reception criteria: HMP Dorchester receives adult males and young adult male prisoners direct from the Crown Courts at Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth and associated Magistrates' Courts, and on return from other establishments with prior agreement.

HM Prison Service


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