Bedford Prison information


Bedford is a local, category B prison which has been on its current site since 1801. It was enlarged in 1849 and a new gate lodge, house block and health care center added in early 1990s.


St Loyes Street
MK40 1HG

Tel: 01234 373000
Fax: 01234 273568

Governor: Patrick Butler

Operational capacity: 506

Accommodation: Cells

Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements. Bedford accepts adult male, and young adult male (18-21) prisoners remanded into custody from Luton Crown Court, St Albans Crown Court and Magistrates' Courts in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, and transfers from other establishments through prior agreement with OMU at the end of sentence, normally 12 weeks prior to release, for those prisoners being released in the local area.

Latest inspection report: HMP Bedford - August 2018 (PDF)

Latest action plan: HMP Bedford - January 2019 (PDF)

HMIP Independent review of progress at HMP Bedford - report August 2019

HMPPS response to independent review of progres at HMP Bedford

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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