Leeds Prison information


Leeds prison was built in 1847 and has been the centre of public protection for the citizens of Leeds and West Yorkshire for over 150 years. We understand that we have an enormously challenging task in dealing with some of the most damaged people in society but we are committed to shaping our core business to meet the challenges outlined in the Government Green Paper ‘Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders.

In response to these challenges we have set out our work around 7 key outcomes which we believe we need to deliver to directly reduce the number of offenders who re-offend after release.

The 7 outcomes are:

  • We aim to reduce reoffending by 10% for prisoners serving under 12 months.
  • We will be a prison for the local community, delivering effective community partnerships.
  • We aim to be a prison which reduces drug and alcohol dependency, reflected in a 5% Mandatory Drug Testing rate.
  • We will be a prison which improves and maintains positive family ties.
  • We aim to be a prison where prisoners are meaningfully engaged in custody achieving 80% employment and 90% attendance at education.
  • We will treat prisoners with decency and respect, encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions.
  • We will strive to achieve excellence in everything we do.

We believe that our primary function is to serve the courts of West Yorkshire and that we should focus our efforts on reducing reoffending rates of those offenders sentenced to less than 12 months and who will remain with us during their time in custody. We have been ‘Protecting the Public Since 1847’ and will build upon this rich heritage and experience by continuing to hold offenders securely and by working hard to ensure to prevent them returning in the future.

2 Gloucester Terrace
Stanningley Road
West Yorkshire
LS12 2TJ

Tel: 0113 203 2600
Fax: 0113 203 2601

Governor: Carolyn Lund (Acting)

Operational capacity: 1212

Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements: HMP Leeds is a category B local prison. It accepts adult males from the West Yorkshire Courts.

Accommodation: HMP Leeds has a total of 551 cells spread across six residential units, a segregation unit and in-patients Healthcare Facility. The six residential wings are:

  • A Wing – Vulnerable prisoner unit
  • B Wing – Normal location
  • C Wing – Resettlement wing
  • D Wing – Recovery wing (includes First Night Centre)
  • E Wing – Post Recovery wing
  • F Wing – Remand prisoner wing
HM Prison Service


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