Wakefield Prison information
HMP Wakefield is a high-security prison for men typically in security categories A and B.
HMP Wakefield was originally built as a house of correction in 1594. The current prison was designated a ‘dispersal' prison in 1966 (the longest of the remaining original group). It is now a main lifer centre with the focus on serious sex offenders. The average prison roll is approximately 740 including approximately 100 Category A and 10 High Risk Category A prisoners.
Wakefield houses a Close Supervision Centre (CSC) a small therapeutic centre aiming to provide a supportive, safe, structured and consistent environment for some of the most challenging offenders.
Its long and illustrious history has been documented in a superb publication called ‘Round the Mulberry Bush' written by a previous governor.
Address: 5 Love Lane
Tel: 01924 612 000
Fax: 01924 612 001
Governor: Tom Wheatley
Operational Capacity: 751 as of 31st November 2007
Latest inspection report: HMP Wakefield - June 2018 (PDF)
Action plan: HMP Wakefield - February 2019 (PDF)
Reception criteria: Prisoners serving over five years primarily for sexual offences or those who have previously committed sexual offences. Preferably those prisoners who are willing to participate in offence-focused treatment activities.
Accommodation: Victorian radial block design with single occupancy cells with integral sanitation.
A dedicated telephone line 0800 389 1108 is available for friends and families of the individuals in our care to contact if they have concerns about their safety. The hotline is monitored during normal working hours, in addition the answerphone is checked during the night.
If families and friends have an immediate safety concern they can advise us via the main prison phone number 01924 612000:
In addition to the hotline, concerned parties can, in an emergency, contact the Control Room (via the switchboard) which is staffed 24 hours a day. The control room are responsible for passing on these concerns immediately to the Orderly Officer for action.