Stafford 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:

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

There has been a prison in Stafford since the end of the 12th century.  In 1793 the prison opened as the new Staffordshire Gaol and although some of the original building remains, the present establishment is mainly Victorian, notably the Main Hall and Crescent Wings.

The present prison was built in 1794 and apart from the period 1916 to 1940, has been in continuous use.  The prison was closed between 1916 and 1940, reopening at the outbreak of the Second World War as both a male and female establishment.  The female section of the prison closed within a few years of reopening and for many years afterwards HM Prison Stafford held young offenders as well as adult residents.

Today HM Prison Stafford is a closed training prison which holds 751 category C people convicted of sexual offences. Modern buildings include Reception, Visits, Education, Kitchen, a 40 bed house block and Sports Hall.  A site adjacent to the prison was purchased and developed as an industrial workshop complex in 1986. All the residential accommodation has been refurbished.

Address: HM Prison Stafford
54 Gaol Road
ST16 3AW

Tel: 01785 773000
Fax: 01785 773001
Safer Custody hotline: 01785 773127

The Safer Custody hotline is an unattended phone line which is checked three times daily.

The purpose of this phone line is for relatives and/or significant others to raise concerns about the individuals in our care.

This is not an emergency phone line.  If there is imminent danger to an individual, someone’s safety is in doubt or there is a risk to the security of the establishment then the following number should be used – 01785 773028 and ask to speak to Oscar 1; who is our Duty Manager. This call will only be re-directed if it meets the aforementioned criteria, otherwise you will be re-directed to the Safer Custody hotline.

Governor: Ralph Lubkowski

Region: West Midlands

Regional Manager: Teresa Clarke,  Director of Midlands prisons

Escort Area/Contractor: South Wales and West for IPT and out of area courts

Local County Authority:Staffordshire

Local District Authority: Stafford

Constabulary: Stafford

Probation Service:Stafford


Accommodation is cellular, mainly double. There are a total of seven wings at HM Prison Stafford, A, B and C wings in the Main Hall, D wing is the induction wing where residents are accommodated when they first arrive at the prison, E and F wings are in the Crescent and G wing is the enhanced wing. All cells have integral sanitation and the cells on G Wing offer single cells with integral showers.  G wing also accommodates dining out facilities. PIN phones are available in all living areas.

Category: Male, category C Sex Offender Treatment Hub

Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements

Operational capacity: 751

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) latest report

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