Wealstun Prison information


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On 1 April 1995, HM Prisons Thorp Arch and Rudgate amalgamated to form HMP Wealstun. This was an historic development for the Prison Service, and had the effect of creating a Category C (closed) and Category D (open) prison as one establishment on a single site.

In 2008 the open prison closed and the prison underwent a conversion to provide additional category C places, the full prison commenced operation in May 2010 and can now accommodate 832 prisoners.

Wealstun is located in a rural area of West Yorkshire, close to the market town of Wetherby, and is built on a former munitions site, traces of which can still been around the jail today.

Church Causeway
Thorp Arch
LS23 7AZ

Tel: 01937 444 400
Fax: 01937 444 401

Governor: Diane Lewis

Accommodation: 22 double cells, the remainder are single cells.

Operational capacity: 832

Reception criteria: The prison accepts offenders deemed suitable for conditions at Wealstun. It only accepts sex offenders with prior agreement, it does accept prisoners undergoing the drug treatment initiative IDTS. Wealstun will accept prisoners with any length of sentence, including IPPS, but not life sentenced prisoners. Offenders requiring 24hr medical care are not accepted.

HMP Wealstun’s At Risk Hot Line is an emergency contact process aimed at friends, family members and any external professional agency who needs to pass on imminent risk information regarding a prisoner.

The at Risk Hot Line is 01937 444774

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