Rochester Prison information


Rochester prison was originally built in 1874 on a former military site above the Medway river. It was rebuilt in the early 20th century as the Borstal Institution taking its title from an adjacent village. Its pioneering methods in dealing with young men and boys were used as a model for the creation of other borstal institutions which were given statutory authority in 1908 and lasted until their abolition in 1983, when Rochester converted to a youth custody centre. In 1988 it became a remand centre for the Kent courts and sentenced category C and D adult males. Further changes in role resulted in a mixed site holding immigration detainees, a resettlement unit for adult male prisoners at the end of their sentences and a remand and allocation centre for under 21 year old males.

In June 2011 Rochester became a dual purpose site catering for YO and Adult Cat C offenders.

1 Fort Road

Tel: 01634 803100
Fax: 01634 803101

Governor: James Carmichael

Accommodation: Single and double accommodation cells contained on a mixture of Victorian style wings and new residential units opened in 2008.

Category: YO and Adult Category C

Operational capacity: 658 as of June 2011

Reception criteria: Sentenced Young Offenders (18 to 21 years), serving determinate sentences of up to 7 years, where closed conditions are required.  Sentenced category C adult offenders who are serving determinate sentences of up 10 years and have at least 6 months to serve prior to their conditional release date.  Rochester also accepts both Adult and YO indeterminate sentence prisoners up to a maximum of 3 years tariff for YO’s and 5 years tariff for Adults, providing they have been assessed as suitable for Rochester’s available interventions and that is included within their MARAP.  Facilities for Life Sentence Prisoners will be available in late 2011 subject to final discussions with PMU.

Regime: Rochester regime provision offers work activity, education and training as well as various offending behaviour programmes.  Work opportunities include, vocational training such as Painting & Decorating, and construction skills, Gymnasium courses, catering, horticulture, community work placements and various contract workshop activities.  Other wider ranging interventions based around offending behaviour needs are available.  These include TSP, For a Change (Resettlement Programme), Victim Awareness, Parenting Courses, Alcohol Courses, Financial Awareness Training, Transit to Work and other pathway lead interventions.

HM Prison Service


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