Lewes Prison information
1 Brighton Road
Tel: 01273 785 100
Fax: 01273 785 101
Governor: Hannah Lane
Operational capacity: 692
Reception criteria: Male only, convicted and remand, adult and local remand young offenders - no provision for sentenced young offenders.
Accommodation: Lewes prison is a combination of original, Victorian wings comprising mainly shared accommodation and a new build unit consisting of 174 single cells.
Regime: HMP Lewes provides a limited range of work, education and training activities, including:
- Education provision for all abilities in a variety of subjects, including IT.
- Work is available in a small contract services workshop, as well as in, Stores and Kitchen.
- Vocational training, providing opportunities to earn industry recognised qualifications can be undertaken whilst working in some of these areas, as well as dedicated vocational learning which includes courses in Multi Skills (painting and decorating), Barista, Food Safety, Food Preparation and Cooking, Horticulture, Waste Management and Sports Leadership. Short courses aimed at increasing employability are provided, including first aid at work qualifications.
- Domestic and industrial cleaning work is also available on residential wings and in some work areas.
- Accredited programmes aimed at reducing the risk of reoffending are provided.
- A PE programme is available, as is weekly library access for all.
A team of Listeners trained by the Samaritans are available day and night for those who need additional support.
Healthcare: Health Care Services at HMP Lewes are provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. There is currently a 9 bed inpatient unit, an outpatient facility, a pharmacy and a range of clinics.
Drugs Strategy: Substance misuse services are provided under contract by the Forward Trust in partnership with Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. Residents are interviewed on reception. Detoxification is offered if needed and a dedicated 26 bed Stabilisation Unit exists to provide suitable accommodation during this period. The Forward Trust team is a multi-disciplinary and provides a range of interventions and assistance to those who need help in addressing substance misuse
Families and significant others wishing to contact the prison with an immediate concern about a resident should contact the Safer Custody hotline 01273 785392 or email Safercustodylewes@justice.gov.uk. This hotline is staffed during the core working day / week with the opportunity to leave a message and staff will respond as soon as they can. If it is deemed urgent, concerned family members can make contact with the Orderly Officer via the switchboard.
In conjunction with our Family Services Provider, Spurgeon’s we have produced a Visitors Guide which includes details on how to book visits.