New Hall Prison information
HMP/YOI New Hall is a Closed Female Local Prison which holds, Adult Women Prisoners of all categories and Young Offenders.
In 1933, New Hall became the first prison to implement the then-experimental Open Prison system. This was seen as a potential method for dealing with the combined problems of the rising numbers of prisoners and the lack of proper employment for them. Initially, the prison was populated by prisoners from HMP Wakefield who were soon due to be released, but in 1961 the prison became a Senior Detention Centre for male young offenders. It was during the government of Margaret Thatcher (1979 – 1990) that the 'Short, sharp shock' regime was introduced and associated policies led to the Criminal Justice Acts of 1982 and 1988 which, among other reforms, replaced borstals with the Young Offender Institutions in place today.
In 1987 the prison was assigned to serve a different population, when it was re-roled to become a Women's Prison.
Tel: 01924 803 000
Fax: 01924 803 001
Governor: Susan Howard
Willow House: Three units, Willow 1, 2 and 3, which includes the First Night Centre and a Smoking-Fee Unit.
Oak House: A modern new-build unit with a mixed population of adults, young offenders, remand and sentenced women.
Poplar House: Two spurs – Poplar 1 is utilised for life-sentenced women, those on indeterminate sentences for public protection and other long term sentences; Poplar 2 houses a mixed population of adults and young offenders, remand and sentenced women.
Larch House: Forty rooms occupied by low risk prisoners and those preparing for open conditions. Shared facilities, including association and bathroom areas. A purpose-built kitchen was recently installed.
Maple House: Mother and Baby Unit with child care facilities for working residents.
Rivendell Unit: Up to 16 residents with complex needs and up to 14 low risk prisoners employed in trusted positions throughout the establishment. The Choices, Actions, Relationships, Emotions Programme is in operation within Rivendell.
Sycamore House: Segregation Unit.
Holly House: Housing for a small number of women with complex needs or vulnerabilities requiring more intense staff attention.
Operational capacity: 425 as of 1 February 2016
Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements. New Hall accepts Adult Women Prisoners and Young Offenders direct from the courts.
We accept the transfer of prisoners from other prisons but these arrangements must be approved in advance of any reception.
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Chair: Mrs Sheila Willis