Dovegate Prison information

Dovegate is a male Category B training prison operated by Serco Justice and Immigration.

Opened in 2001, HMP Dovegate is a male Category B training prison caring for over 1133 male adult prisoners over the age of 21, most serving a range of long-term sentences.  We also hold offenders on trial, remand, awaiting sentence and convicted men serving short sentences.

The prison also includes a separate 200-bed Therapeutic Community for repeat serious offenders.  This is the only one that is privately-run in the UK, and the only purpose-built therapeutic facility.  The unit offers its residents daily group therapy, which lasts between 18 months and 24 months.  It also has a TC+ unit, one of only three TC+ sites in the UK.  The TC+ provides a bespoke therapeutic environment for prisoners who have learning difficulties.


ST14 8XR

Tel: 01283 829400
Fax: 01283 820066

Director: John Hewitson

Controller: Kate Robinson

Accommodation: 860 Main prison and a 200 bed Therapeutic Community

Operational Capacity: 1060 as of February 2013

Reception Criteria:

Main: Trial and Remand facility for 130

Cat B prisoners serving 4 yrs and over with 18 months left to serve, completed OASys, No outstanding Hospital appointments or court hearings, Vulnerable Prisoner’s by prior agreement with Senior Management.

Therapeutic Community: Sentenced, Category B or C. Life or determinant sentence. Not Cat A or E list for six months. No psychotropic or codeine based medication. No positive Mandatory Drug Test (MDT) for six months, more than 18 months to Parole Eligibility Date (PED). Volunteer for therapy.

Latest inspection report: HMP Dovegate - March 2018 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Dovegate - December 2018 (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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