Parc Prison information


HMP & YOI Parc is a Category B local prison housing approximately 1699 male adults (convicted only), young adults (convicted only) and young people (convicted and remand).The prison opened in November 1997 and is the only private prison in Wales. It is managed by G4S on behalf of the Prison Service.

The prison employs approximately 800 members of staff, (excluding subcontractors) many of whom are recruited from the local area. HMP & YOI Parc offers a progressive and challenging regime in a modern environment. A range of activities aim to equip offenders with the key skills necessary to reduce the risk of re-offending after release.

Address: Heol Hopcyn John
South Wales
CF35 6AP

Tel: 01656 300200

Fax: 01656 300316

Director: Janet Wallsgrove

Controller: Nick Lewis

Accommodation: A Block: A1: Standard Working Prisoners Unit, A2: Early Days in Custody Unit, A3: Standard Working Prisoners Unit, A4: Early Days in Custody Unit. B Block: B1: Standard Working Prisoners Unit, B2: Standard Working Prisoners Unit, B3: Young Adults Unit, B4: Standard Working Prisoners Unit. C Block: Learning Needs Assisted Living Unit. D Block: Substance Misuse Unit. G1 & E1: Young Persons Unit, H1: Safer Custody Unit and E2: Phoenix Support & Re-engagement Unit. T1: Enhanced Employment Pathway Unit. T2: Enhanced Wellbeing and Citizenship Unit. T3: Veterans and First Time in Custody ‘Endeavour’ Unit. T4: Family Unit. T5: Enhanced Interventions Unit. T6: Assisted Living Unit. X1: VP Early Days in Custody Unit. X2: VP Standard Working Unit. X3: VP Assisted Living Unit.

All cells are equipped with in-cell sanitation, natural and forced ventilation, in-cell electrics and in-cell TV for Standard and Enhanced regime. All wings are equipped with hot water boilers, PIN telephones, Pool & Table Tennis Tables. Each unit is equipped with showers, laundry facilities and large association area. Own clothing permitted, except for Basic Regime.

Disabled facilities: Disabled access cell on each main residential unit. Telephone system suitable for those using hearing aids. Specialist bathing facilities available, ramps to showers, wheelchairs available, no stairs to visits. Disabled parking located near to prison entrance and Susan Ellis Visitor’s Centre.

Operational capacity: 1699 as of 11 October 2019.

Reception criteria: Young Persons Unit: Remand and Sentenced. Young Adults: Sentenced only. VPU: Remand and Sentenced. Adult: Sentenced Only.

Latest inspection report: Young Persons’ Unit at HMP & YOI Parc - October 2018 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Parc action plan - February 2019 (PDF)

Cynllun Gweithredu: CEM a STI Parc – Uned Pobl Ifanc - Ebrill 2019 (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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