Ranby Prison information


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Ranby is a category C male adult prison.

Since opening as a prison in 1972, Ranby has had the accommodation capacity regularly and significantly increased due to demand including most recently 2008 when further accommodation was built.


DN22 8EU

Tel: 01777 862 000
Fax: 01777 862 001

Prison Group Director: Dave Harding
Governing Governor: Nigel Hirst

Operational Capacity: 1038 due to CPIG upgrade


As Ranby is a full working prison the accommodation has been reviewed to suit this need with single and double cell occupancy, there is pin phone access on all units.

House Block 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 have a mixture of single and double cells with integral sanitation for 116 prisoners on each wing. There are 3 landings with showering facilities on each landing. Each House Block has one central control point where staff are located.

House Block 1 is the Induction unit and has a number of cells identified for new inductions. There is a lift for access to the upper landings. This unit will assess new inductions and then re-allocate to appropriate locations around Ranby.

House Block 2 is where support is offered to prisoners that have substance misuse issues. There is a drug recovery regime run on this unit also which is supported by the current Health services provider Nottingham Forensic Mental Health Services.

House Block 3 is an ordinary location unit for prisoners engage with the regime and working prison agenda with half of this house block operating the new Enabling Environment where residents and staff take a variety of roles and responsibilities within the environment including:

  • Being involved in planning their own development
  • Residents and staff are involved in contributing to the development of others
  • Having an involvement in making decisions about the environment

House Block 4 comprises of a 2 storey building with 30 cells. It is Ranby’s newest accommodation, all cells are double occupancy with integral sanitation and showers. This is also a small detached unit within its own grounds.

House Block 5 is our oldest unit comprising of a 2-storey building with spurred single cell accommodation which holds up to 191 prisoners. It offers a TV viewing room, a games room, library, snooker room and toasters, it also has 1 spur fitted with limited disable facilities.

Lower risk, elderly and shift workers are housed on this wing and residents have access to a telephone between the hours of 07:30-22:30 hrs each day.

House Blocks 6 & 7 have a mixture of single and double cells with integral sanitation and showers for 60 prisoners on each wing. Each unit is detached and within its own grounds, both house enhanced and elderly prisoners who engage fully with their sentence plans and are making good progress in custody.

Reception Criteria: Prior arrangement is necessary for the transfer of Lifers, IPP, Score 3 prisoners, and prisoners on open ACCTs. Initial OASYs assessments & sentence plans should be completed where possible.

Prisoners subject to parole must be within 6 months of their PED. Prisoners should have at least 3 months left to serve from arrival. Ranby does not impose any reception criteria based upon length of sentence although it is preferred that they have at least three months left to serve on their sentence so that time and consideration can be given to their release plans.

All mail coming into the prison is subject to screening for drugs by a Rapiscan testing unit and we will not allow any clothing parcels to be sent in via post or received on visits. The only exceptions to this is: ‘Lifer parcels’ which will be approved by application on an individual basis, and clothing needed to attend Funerals.

These items will be stored in Reception and marked as “NOT FOR ISSUE” on the Prisoners Property card. Prisoners can purchase personal items via the prison canteen and approved catalogues rather than arranging for them to be sent in.

Concerns about a prisoner’s welfare or safety:

If at any point you have concerns about the welfare or safety of a prisoner then please contact the Safer Custody hotline on 01777 832342, please be aware that this is an answerphone service where you can leave a message and a member of staff will pick this up.

If your concern is relating to the imminent risk of welfare to a known person, please contact the switchboard number on 01777 862000 and ask to speak to the Orderly Officer.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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