Durham Prison information


Durham was built in the early 19th Century and has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme during the last 10 years.

It is a Reception Prison serving the courts in the Newcastle, Durham, Teesside and Cumbria area.


Old Elvet

Tel: 0191 332 3400
Fax: 0191 332 3401

Acting Governor: Phil Husband

Operational capacity: 996 as of 10 February 2017.

Accommodation: 7 wings plus Segregation and Healthcare.

Reception criteria: Remand Male Prisoners both Adult and Young Offenders (18-21) and a low proportion of Sentenced Category B & C prisoners completing key working roles within the prison. (from May 31st 2017).

Latest inspection report: HMP Durham - September 2018 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Durham - April 2019 (PDF)

HMIP Independent review of progress - report July 2019

HMPPS response to independent review of progress 

Regime: The learning, skills & employment function at HMP Durham offer prisoners the opportunity to participate in a plethora of educational, vocational training and employability courses to increase their employability chances upon release.

Novus is the educational provider and the curriculum comprises skills for life, IT, customer service, art, horticulture and ESOL.

HMP Durham staff provide sector based vocational training workshops in partnership with Novus which reflect the local labour market. HMP Durham focuses vocational training in the following sectors, construction, IT, warehousing, recycling and food and hospitality.

Employability is the key focus of Learning, Skills & Employment provision. A purpose built Careers Centre provides prisoners with a range of employability courses to support their employment goals upon release. Prisoners are supported in the unit by dedicated professionals who are committed to supporting prisoners prior to and post release. All provision is focused on progression toward employability.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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