Isle of Wight Prison information
HMP Isle of Wight was opened in April 2009; it was formed by the clustering of three former establishments HMP Parkhurst, HMP Albany and HMP Camp Hill. In March 2013 the Camp Hill site was decommissioned as part of an ongoing programme to modernise the prison estate and further reduce the costs of prison. HMP Isle of Wight's present role is a category B male training prison. The prison holds approximately 1100 prisoners on two sites with a central administration.
Originally a military hospital, Parkhurst became a prison in 1863, holding young male prisoners. Temporarily a female prison, it returned to holding male prisoners. In 1968 it became one of the first dispersal prisons for maximum security prisoners. Later it was designated a category B training prison. In 2010 it integrated its population and now holds vulnerable prisoners/sex offenders and ordinary prisoners in mixed units.
Occupies the site of a former military barracks on the outskirts of Newport, Isle of Wight, and was designed and built as a category C training prison in the early 1960s. Security was subsequently upgraded, and from 1970 to 1992 Albany was part of the dispersal system. It then changed to its present role as a category B training prison with an integrated population of vulnerable/sex offenders, a small number of unconvicted adult male prisoners awaiting trial at courts on the Isle of Wight plus prisoners from the other site in the inpatient health centre.
HMP Isle of Wight,
Isle of Wight
Governor: Andy Lattimore
Booking a visit: 01983 635459 or 01983 635573
Telephone: 01983 634000
Fax: 01983 556362
Operational Capacity: 1139