Reading Young Offender Institution information

HMP Reading

HMP&YOI Reading was built in 1844 on what is called the Pentonville design in that the prison is built on a compass, the centre of the prison being the main focal point with the wings radiating outwards in the direction of a compass giving unsurpassed vision of both landings and cells.

In 1973 following numerous complex & varied uses HMP Reading was designated as a local prison and in 1992 was re-rolled as a Remand Centre and Young Offenders Institution, holding prisoners between the ages of 18 and 21 years, the establishment now boasts a successful stage 2 resettlement unit holding young men up to the age of 26.

Forbury Road

Tel: 0118 908 5000
Fax: 0118 908 5001

Governor: Darren Hughes
Deputy Governor: Paul Baker

Head of Corporate Services: Jacquie Chandler
Operational Capacity: 320 as of 1st April 2013

Accommodation: Mixture of single and double accommodation cells contained on three Victorian style wings and a further stage 3 resettlement unit “the Kennet Unit”.

Reception criteria: Remand and convicted young offenders.

HMP Reading's Vision
'We will support NOMS's Vision by being creative and ensuring we are utilising our resources efficiently and effectively to remain safe, decent and secure. We will implement a unique motivational leadership and work focused approach to support the rehabilitation of young offenders in our care.'

HMP Reading will contribute to NOMS strategic objectives by:
  • Holding prisoners securely
  • Reducing the risk of prisoners re-offending by focusing on those that are assessed as medium to high risk of re offending
  • Providing a safe and well-ordered prison in which we treat prisoners humanely, decently and lawfully
  • Exploring innovative ways of reducing reoffending whilst providing value for money (VfM), using our resources efficiently and effectively
  • Ensuring our local structures are 'fit for purpose' to deliver the outcomes expected of us
  • Adopting a pro social prisoner journey, and encouraging personal development
HM Prison Service


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