Frankland Prison information

Situated on the outskirts of Durham, HMP Frankland was the first purpose-built dispersal prison and
opened in 1983. Additional prisoner accommodation was opened in 1998, 2005 and 2009.

Short description of residential units



Tel: 0191 376 5000
Fax: 0191 376 5001

Governor: Norman Griffin

Reception Criteria: Category A and B adult Males serving 4 years and over, IPP or Life sentences plus High and Standard Risk category A remands


There are seven wings, all with single cells and integral sanitation.

A, B, C and D wings - the original wings, each holding 108 vulnerable prisoners

A wing holds enhanced prisoners

B1 landing holds older men and those with disabilities

D1 is for induction

F, G and J wings - the newer wings, holding non-vulnerable prisoners

F wing has 120 places

G wing has 88 places (including 18 beds on G4 for men over 50)

J wing has 120 places

Westgate unit - the three Westgate units, when fully operational hold 65 prisoners,
with the psychologically informed planned environment (PIPE) unit
holding an additional 21, making the total for Westgate, 86 places

Health care - 13 places

Segregation unit - 28 cells

Operational capacity: 808 as of July 2013

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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