Maidstone Prison information
Prison visits are temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We will update here as soon as this changes. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.
There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:
- leave a voice message using the Prison Voicemail Service
- send them an email using the email a prisoner service
- write to them
You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.
Maidstone prison is situated on the northern edge of the County Town of Kent.
It was completed in 1819 and was constructed from local Kentish rag stone quarried from the site, to a design by architect Daniel Asher Alexander, and was the most advanced model of its time.
HMP Maidstone is a dedicated Foreign National prison. Its role is to provide a Safe, Decent and Secure environment and to work in partnership with Home Office Immigration Enforcement to support and facilitate the removal of those prisoners who have no right to remain in the UK.
HMP Maidstone works to protect the public and help reduce reoffending, by supporting rehabilitation, offering positive opportunities to obtain universal job ready skills, maintaining family ties and resettlement of Foreign National Offenders back into their community.
Main line rail links and motorways to London ensure that Maidstone today is a much sought after location for prisoners, giving ease of access to friends and families for visits.
Address: HMP Maidstone
36 County Road
Tel: 01622 775 300
Fax: 01622 775 301
Governor: Judith Feline
Operational capacity: 600 as of 4 July 2011
Latest inspection report: HMP Maidstone - October 2018 (PDF)
Action plan: HMP Maidstone - April 2019 (PDF)
Accommodation: Cells in 4 residential houses and 1 segregation unit.
Reception criteria: Category C Foreign Nationals with a minimum sentence of 12 months with between 3 and 30 months left to serve. Must have been off the E List for 1 year and be within Volumetric Control requirements as well as being suitable for Type 2C Healthcare.
There is no 24-hour Healthcare Facility at Maidstone. Diabetics, Epileptics and those with any form of Mental illness have to be stable on treatment for the last three months. Wheelchair users to be independent within their own limitations for the needs of daily living.