Sheppey Cluster (Swaleside) Prison information


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The Sheppey Cluster is an amalgamation of the three establishments, Elmley, Standford Hill and Swaleside.

Swaleside is a Category B Training Prison.

Address: Brabazon Road
Isle of Sheppey
ME12 4AX

Tel: 01795 804100
Fax: 01795 804200
Safer custody hotline: 01795 804295

Governor: Mark Icke


A Wing 126 Single Cells

B Wing 126 Single Cells

C Wing 126 Single Cells

D Wing 126 Single Cells

E Wing 120 Single Cells (a small number are doubles)

F Wing 120 Single Cells

G Wing 178 Single Cells

H Wing 178 Single Cells

Operational capacity: 1112 as of 3rd February 2010 (temporarily reduced to 986 whilst A wing is closed for re wiring)

Reception criteria: Swaleside will accept category B prisoners who are serving 4 years or more or should have at least 18 months left to serve. We are a main centre prison for prisoners in the first stage of their life sentence. We also accept prisoners in the second stage of their life sentence, giving us a total of 460 places for lifers.

HMP Swaleside inspection report - Dec 2018 (PDF)

HMP Swaleside action plan - July 2019 (PDF)

HMP Swaleside IRP report - September 2019 (PDF)

HMP Swaleside IRP response - November 2019 (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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