Low Newton Prison information

Low Newton is situated approximately 4 miles north east of Durham,. Low Newton serves the courts in the catchment area from the Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire across to North Cumbria. All remand and sentenced women aged 18 and over can serve out their sentence at Low Newton.

The focus of the regime is to encourage women to plan for a positive future by taking control of their day to day lives. The regime provides opportunities to learn and develop skills needed for a successful future. There is a comprehensive education and training service, a shop where recycled clothes are available. Being informed about trauma is a priority for colleagues so that they can support residents to tackle issues that could potentially create a barrier to their future success.

There are family engagement workers who support women to maintain contact with their families.



Tel: 0191 3764000
Fax: 0191 3764001

Governor: Gabrielle Lee

Prisoners at risk: If you have any concerns about the well being of a prisoner at HMP Low Newton you can ring our at risk line on 0191 376 4189. Your concerns will be dealt with swiftly and in confidence.

Accommodation: Cells some single with showers, some single with shared ablution facilities and a small number of three person shared rooms. One wing provides residents with freedom to associate all day and are only confined to their rooms after 22:00.

Operational Capacity: 352 as of 25 October 2017

Reception Criteria: Low Newton is a closed, female prison and young offender institution. It holds remand, short term and long term residents.

Latest inspection report: HMP Low Newton - February 2018 (PDF)

Latest action plan: HMP Low Newton - October 2018 (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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