Regime information for Leicester Prison


Leicester is a small city centre prison recently designated as a split resettlement (55%) and reception (45%) prison.   The prison opened in 1828 and celebrates its 190th Anniversary this year.   The population is made up of 62% from the city or county of Leicester, with the remainder from the wider midlands.


The prison has one main wing, which houses the majority of the men.  In addition, there are discreet units for Early Days in Custody, Full time workers, those convicted of sexual offences, a disruptive prisoner unit and a small segregation unit.


Activities are limited due to the size of the prison with MK College providing the majority.  In addition, there is a small workshop, a recycling plant, laundry and various on wing employment opportunities such as cleaners and painters.  We have PEER workers, listeners and a gardens red band and looking to expand the latter provision with the installation of some additional green space.

There is a small but vibrant PE provision, which is very popular amongst the men.

The prison focuses on regime enrichment activities such as the arts and has many innovative partnerships with the local community including both Universities and the National Space Centre. We regularly invite musicians and theatre productions into the prison to develop and create amazing productions involving the men.  These activities were highlighted by HMIP as best practice and we have ongoing plans to develop these further.


The Chaplaincy team aim to serve Prisoners of all Faiths and none, the primary objective is to delivery faith specific duties and provide pastoral care to Staff and Prisoners.  The team provide help and support to Staff and Prisoners through times of crisis and also engage in work outside of the prison to aid resettlement of men being released into the Leicester area.

Healthcare & Substance Misuse

Primary and Mental Health is provided by Nottingham Partnership Trust with additional input from local dentistry practices.   There is no in patient facility at the prison

Turning Point are the provider for substance misuse and also work in the community enabling a seamless transition of support.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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