Lewes Prison information


Lewes acquired a new prison in the middle of the 19th century, partially planned on the radial system and built of local flint, surrounded by a high wall. The prison was situated outside the town when it was built and a generous amount of land was enclosed within the perimeter. This has allowed for the building of additional facilities over the years, including a new 174 accommodation unit, gymnasium and multi-faith centre in 2008. Today the prison is fully listed and stands at the western end of the town and is within the South Downs National Park. The role of HMP Lewes is primarily to serve the local courts, but also accommodates some sentenced prisoners and those awaiting release.


HMP Lewes
1 Brighton Road
East Sussex

Tel: 01273 785 100
Fax: 01273 785 101

Governor: Hannah Lane

Operational capacity: 692

Reception criteria: Male only, convicted and remand, adult and local remand young offenders - no provision for sentenced young offenders.

Accommodation: Lewes prison is a combination of original, Victorian wings comprising mainly shared accommodation and a new build unit consisting of 174 single cells.

Regime: HMP Lewes provides a limited range of work, education and training activities, including:

  • Education provision for all abilities in a variety of subjects, including IT.
  • Work is available in a small contract services workshop, as well as in the Laundry, Stores and Kitchen.
  • Vocational training, providing opportunities to earn industry recognised qualifications can be undertaken whilst working in some of these areas, as well as dedicated learning centres which offer courses in bricklaying, painting and decorating, industrial cleaning and various health related courses provided by the Gym team.
  • Other short courses aimed at increasing employability are provided, including first aid at work qualifications.
  • Domestic and industrial cleaning work is also available on residential wings and in some work areas.
  • Accredited programmes aimed at reducing the risk of reoffending are provided.
  • A PE programme is available, as is weekly library access for all.
  • A team of Listeners trained by the Samaritans are available day and night for those who need additional support if they feel at risk of self harming.

Healthcare: Health Care Services at HMP Lewes are provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. There is a 19 bed inpatient unit, an outpatient facility, a pharmacy and a range of clinics.

Drugs Strategy: Substance misuse services are provided under contract by CRI in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Prisoners are interviewed on reception. Detoxification is offered if needed and a dedicated 26 bed Stabilisation Unit exists to provide suitable accommodation during this period. The Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team is a multi-disciplinary team which provides a range of interventions and assistance to those prisoners which seek help in addressing substance misuse issues.

Related Documents:

Legal Visits Email Booking Form (60KB)

Report of Unannounced Prison Inspection of HMP Lewes: 14, 21–25 January 2019

HMP Lewes Action Plan July 2019

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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