New Hall Prison information

Morton Hall

HMP/YOI New Hall is a Closed Female Local Prison which holds, Adult Women Prisoners of all categories and Young Offenders.

In 1933, New Hall became the first prison to implement the then-experimental Open Prison system. This was seen as a potential method for dealing with the combined problems of the rising numbers of prisoners and the lack of proper employment for them. Initially, the prison was populated by prisoners from HMP Wakefield who were soon due to be released, but in 1961 the prison became a Senior Detention Centre for male young offenders. It was during the government of Margaret Thatcher (1979 – 1990) that the 'Short, sharp shock' regime was introduced and associated policies led to the Criminal Justice Acts of 1982 and 1988 which, among other reforms, replaced borstals with the Young Offender Institutions in place today.

In 1987 the prison was assigned to serve a different population, when it was re-roled to become a Women's Prison.

Address:Dial Wood
West Yorkshire

Tel: 01924 803 000
Fax: 01924 803 001

Governor: Natalie McKee


Willow House: Three units, Willow 1, 2 and 3, which includes the First Night Centre and a Smoking-Fee Unit.
Oak House: A modern new-build unit with a mixed population of adults, young offenders, remand and sentenced women.

Poplar House: Two spurs – Poplar 1 is utilised for life-sentenced women, those on indeterminate sentences for public protection and other long term sentences; Poplar 2 houses a mixed population of adults and young offenders, remand and sentenced women.

Larch House: Forty rooms occupied by low risk prisoners and those preparing for open conditions. Shared facilities, including association and bathroom areas. A purpose-built kitchen was recently installed.

Maple House: Mother and Baby Unit with child care facilities for working residents.

Rivendell Unit: Up to 16 residents with complex needs and up to 14 low risk prisoners employed in trusted positions throughout the establishment. The Choices, Actions, Relationships, Emotions Programme is in operation within Rivendell.

Sycamore House: Segregation Unit.

Holly House: Housing for a small number of women with complex needs or vulnerabilities requiring more intense staff attention.

Operational capacity: 425 as of 1 February 2016

Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements. New Hall accepts Adult Women Prisoners and Young Offenders direct from the courts.

We accept the transfer of prisoners from other prisons but these arrangements must be approved in advance of any reception.

Escort Contractor:

Health Service Provider:
Care UK

Independent Monitoring Board:
Chair: Mrs Sheila Willis


In the event that you have any concerns regarding the Safety of your loved one whilst in custody at HMP & YOI New Hall, we have a Safer Custody Telephone number you can contact in order to leave your concerns. The Safer Custody Line is a recorded message line which is checked regularly by our staff.

The Safer Custody Telephone line number is 01924 840723

Please only use this number if you have a concern about the Safety or wellbeing of a resident.

Please leave a brief message of your concern and include the full name of the residents who you have the concern about. It would also be helpful if you left a contact number so we can call you back if necessary.

Please do not contact this number for routine enquiries. It must be used solely for the purpose of reporting concerns about a loved one.

Action Plan: HMP New Hall - September 2019

Inspection Report: HMP New Hall - March 2019

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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