Styal Prison information

Styal

The main prison buildings were built as an orphanage in the 1890s which closed in 1956. The site opened as a women's prison in 1962 when female prisoners from Strangeways were transferred in.

From 1983 Young Offenders were admitted and in 1999 a wing was added to accommodate unsentenced female prisoners following the closure of Risley's remand centre, increasing the prison size by 60%.

The prison was featured in the BBC2 documentary ‘Women on the Edge – the Truth about Styal Prison' on February 27th 2006.

Address:
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 4HR

Tel: 01625 553000
Fax: 01625 553001

Governor: John Hewitson

Accommodation: Dormitories and Cells

Operational capacity: 460 (June 2013)

Reception criteria: Styal receives adult women and, in some cases, young offenders, directly from the courts. Upon arrival women are held on the First Night Centre for up to 48 hours, during which time they receive an initial induction programme.  Styal has a Mother and Baby unit which houses mothers with babies, up to the age of 18 months. Places within this unit are by application.  Transfer of prisoners from other prisons must be arranged advance.

Reception criteria:  Styal receives adult women and, in some cases, young offenders, directly from the courts. Upon arrival women are held on the First Night Centre for up to 48 hours, during which time they receive an initial induction programme.  Styal has a Mother and Baby unit which houses mothers with babies, up to the age of 18 months. Places within this unit are by application.  Transfer of prisoners from other prisons must be arranged advance.

Regime Activities: Styal offers a variety of activities that focus on addressing offender behaviour and equipping women to deal with the challenges of life outside prison. Education plays a key part within the regime, with basic courses in English and Maths being provided, supplemented with higher levels of learning.  Styal also offers vocational training, providing women with transferable skills that they will be able to utilise upon their release to gain employment in the community.

Drug and Alcohol intervention is addressed through dedicated programmes, which allow women to understand how these impact on their own lives and those around them.  To support this Styal offers a drug free house, in which women partake in a constructive regime, aimed to reduce the risk of reoffending through drugs and alcohol.

Styal offers a variety of activities that focus on addressing offender behaviour and equipping women to deal with the challenges of life outside prison. Education plays a key part within the regime, with basic courses in English and Math’s being provided, supplemented with higher levels of learning. Styal also offers vocational training, providing women with transferable skills that they will be able to utilise upon their release to gain employment in the community.

Drug and Alcohol intervention is addressed through dedicated programmes, which allow women to understand how these impact on their own lives and those around them.  To support this Styal offers a drug free house, in which women partake in a constructive regime, aimed to reduce the risk of reoffending through drugs and alcohol.

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