Chelmsford Prison information


HMP & YOI Chelmsford is a category B local and Young Offender Institution (YOI).

Built from 1830 onwards as the county jail, it has been used as a long term category B (prior to the introduction of the dispersal system), a young person's prison and a local prison since 1987.

Two new DOWII houseblocks were opened in 1996 to relieve overcrowding.


200 Springfield Road

Tel: 01245 552000
Fax: 01245 552001
VPN: 7022 + extension (7022 2000 for switchboard)

Region: Hertfordshire, Essex and Sussex

Category: B local and YOI

Governor: Penny Bartlett

Prison Group Director: Kevin Reilly

Operational capacity: 700 as at October 2018

CNA: 539

Reception criteria: Normal Reception arrangements for a Local Prison. HMP & YOI Chelmsford accepts prisoners direct from courts within its catchment area, adult males and Young Offenders, convicted or on Remand.

Latest inspection report: HMP Chelmsford - May 2018 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Chelmsford - December 2018 (PDF)

HMIP Independent review of progress report - May 2019

Response to independent review of progress

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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