Pentonville Prison information
Prison visits are temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We will update here as soon as this changes. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.
There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:
- leave a voice message using the Prison Voicemail Service
- send them an email using the email a prisoner service
- write to them
You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.
Pentonville Prison was established by Act of Parliament and received its first prisoners on 21 December 1842. It was the first radial design prison, and over 60 other prisons in this country, and many more around the World owe their design to Pentonville. The influential prison administrator Major Joshua Jebb was the designer of Pentonville and he also served as one of the Board of Commissioners. Pentonville was also unique in being established specifically for the purpose of rehabilitation, and was created to implement the ‘separate system’ which aimed to reform prisoners prior to their transportation to Australia. Today the prison’s design is largely untouched and its purpose as a place of reform and rehabilitation also remains firmly in place. Pentonville celebrated it’s 175th Anniversary on 21 December 2017.
Pentonville is a smoke free prison.
Main Switchboard: 020 7023 7000
National Prisoners’ Families Helpline: 0808 808 2003 (weekdays: 9am-8pm / weekends: 10am-3pm)
Visit’s Centre: 0207 700 0912 (8am-5pm)
Safer Custody Line: 0207 023 7341 (answer machine monitored 7.30am-5.30pm daily)
Fax: 020 7023 7001
Governor: Darren Hughes
Operational capacity: 1256 as of 31 August 2017
Reception criteria: Pentonville is a local prison, it accepts all suitable male prisoners over the age of 18 from courts in its catchment area.
Action Plan: HMP Pentonville - September 2019
Inspection Report: HMP Pentonville - April 2019