Wakefield Prison information


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

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
West Yorkshire

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.

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.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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