Regime information for Stafford Prison


0810 hrs - Morning unlock

0815 hrs - Route to activities

1145 hrs - Cease activities

1200 hrs - Lunch

1330 hrs - Route to activities

1345 hrs - Start visits (Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs)

1615 hrs - Visits finish

1645 hrs - Cease activities

1700 hrs - Tea

1800 hrs - Association

1945 hrs - Lock up

Friday pm

1330 hrs - Kit exchange/canteen

1645 hrs - Tea

No association Friday evening


0815 hrs - Unlock and breakfast

0900 hrs - Church, association, activities

1145 hrs - Lunch

1345 hrs - Visits, activities

1615 hrs - Visits finish

1615 hrs - Tea

No association Sat or Sun evening

Out of cell: 8/24 hrs weekdays and 5/24 hrs at weekends

The Offending Behaviour Programme Group

The Offending behaviour programme at HMP Stafford delivers a number of accredited offending behaviour programmes, targeting the criminogenic needs of the prisoners at HMP Stafford.

Currently, two accredited offending behaviour programmes are delivered.  These are:

  • Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme 
  • Thinking Skills Programme.

In conjunction with the learning skills function, our education provider can supply short term courses for the following:

  • Money management
  • Healthy living
  • Substance and alcohol awareness.

These Programmes are shorter than the accredited programmes and are delivered as and when required.

The Programmes Group is also involved in Multi Agency Public Protection work, working with other departments and agencies (Police, OMU, Probation, Social Services and Community Psychiatric Services) in order to effectively manage offenders upon release.

Drugs Strategy

Stafford Prison now offers help for prisoners who have abused or continue to abuse drugs.  Group work and individual one to one work is available from the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services. There is integrated drug treatment services that supplies detox and maintenance for clients on Methadone and Subotex. 

Alcohol Strategy

One to one work and group work is available to prisoners who have problematic drinking that impacts upon their offending behaviour.  AA attend the prison to conduct support groups for clients.

Learning and skills


Education is delivered by Manchester College with a staff team of 16 x full-time and 26 x part-time or sessional teachers.  The department is open 4.5 days per week, 50 weeks a year.  A wide range of accredited courses including; Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL, Art, Alcohol Awareness, IT, Business Studies and a range of courses available via flexible learning.  Outreach courses are offered in workshops, the wings, the segregation unit and the gym. Evening classes are delivered one evening per week.  The department also links to the charity IT Schools Africa, delivering a computer repair qualification through refurbishing computers for the charity. 

CIAS (Careers Information and Advice)

Careers information and advice is delivered by JHP, a team of three advisors led by a team leader.  All prisoners have the service JHP provide explained to them during their induction in order to ensure they are aware of the learning and skills offered within HMP Stafford and how these link to opportunities upon release.  Mid-sentence reviews are carried out with prisoners to review  goals and offer support with research of employment and training opportunities pre-release.

Vocational Training Centre (VTC)

The VTC is delivered by Manchester College and opened in April 2009, offering qualifications in Painting and Decorating, Industrial Cleaning, Warehousing and Fork Lift Truck, Carpentry and Joinery, Floor and Wall Tiling, Roofing, Bricklaying and Plastering. 

Industries Department

Industries comprises a charity workshop carrying out transcription work for the Royal Institute for the Blind, six industrial workshops delivering contracts for external agencies, two textile and tailoring workshops for the production of items for the Prison Service, and a laundry serving the establishment. Qualifications are available in the workshops delivered by Manchester College. The Reclamation department undertakes the waste management and recycling operations for the establishment and the Gardens and Horticulture department maintains the grounds and offers the opportunity for an NVQ in Horticulture delivered by South Staffordshire College. 


Library service is provided by Staffordshire Library and Information Service. Staffing consists of a full time supervisor post and a full time library assistant. 

Opening times

Monday to Thursday - 0800 hrs to 1130 hrs
1400 hrs to 1630 hrs

Friday - 0800 hrs to 1130 hrs 

Saturday - 0900 hrs to 1130 hrs 

Prisoners are timetabled to attend once per week from their workplace or, in the case of wing based prisoners, from their wing.  There are three groups and clubs which meet on a three weekly basis on a Saturday morning.  A flexible learning centre is available as a study centre for learners on flexible learning courses.  Learners can attend, by appointment, Monday to Friday. Storybook Dads project is operated from the library, employing editors in the afternoons Monday to Friday, recording and editing stories for prisoners at HMP Stafford and for other prisons in the region.

PE Department

The PE department is managed by X2 PESOs with X7 PEIs.  An extended and refurbished gymnasium was opened December 2008.  Facilities include a sports hall, fitness suites, weights rooms, classrooms, a treatment room and an excellent outdoor synthetic surfaced playing area.  The PE department delivers 54.5 hrs of contact time per week, comprising of 33.75 hrs during the core day, 8.75 hrs of recreational PE in the evenings and 

12 hrs of recreational PE at weekends. Lifeline and GP referrals are accommodated.  There are a wide range of courses available including Get Fit for Life, Sports Injuries, CSLA, First Aid at Work, NOCN Weights and Active IQ.  Skills for life qualifications offered through Manchester College outreach programme. The Gymnasium offers resettlement opportunities to ROTL Prisoners through Cannock Chase Forestry Commission.  


Led by a Catering Manager with a team of X7 caterers and one store person.  30 Prisoners are employed to prepare meals, with qualifications available in Food Safety and an NVQ in Catering and Hospitality delivered by South Staffs College.  Pre-select menus are available to all Prisoners and all diets are catered for.  In 2008 and 2009 the department won the Vegan Award for the menu offered to vegan prisoners.  The department links with the Chaplaincy department to cater for religious festivals and celebrations.


Managed by a full-time Coordinating Chaplain, with a team of part-time and sessional chaplains working to support prisoners of all faiths.  A full provision of weekly services, study groups and meetings for faith groups are offered and a Living with Loss course is delivered, supporting those dealing with bereavement and loss.  Pastoral support is offered to all prisoners across the establishment.  Facilities include an Ecumenical Chapel, a Mosque, a 

Multi-Faith Room and a small meeting room.  There is also a small team of official prison visitors who befriend prisoners.  There are links with community chaplaincies in the area.


Healthcare is provided by South Staffordshire PCT. Cover is provided during the day and evenings, from Monday to Thursday, by a team of general and mental health nurses, support workers and administration staff. There is no in-patient facility. Commissioned services include part-time GPs, a mental health in-reach team, sexual health team, dental service, podiatry, optician and an IDTS service.  There are nurse-led interventions available in chronic disease monitoring and advice, primary mental health, smoking cessation, vaccination, Chlamydia screening and well man.


The Segregation Unit is located on D1 landing and contains 12 cells which have been refurbished in recent years.

Prison shop

Contracted out to Booker/DHL. Over 375 lines are available with limited provision for vegans. Separate arrangements are in place for purchases by minority ethnic groups.

HM Prison Service


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