Winchester Prison information


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HMP YOI Winchester was built in 1846 and is typical of the Victorian prison, radial design. It is currently a Category B Local prison that serves the local courts, with a small 129 bed Category C Resettlement Unit, named Westhill.

Winchester has an operational capacity of 690 and is able to take men from the age of 18 upwards. The regime run allows men to attend education, work and training and other interventions such as substance misuse groups. There is full time Healthcare provision, with a 17 bed in patient facility and an award winning Family Intervention Service.

Winchester has seen a change in its population since 2013, when it started accepting young offenders from the age of 18, where previously the minimum age for men at Winchester was 21. Winchester has also seen a major change in the way Resettlement Services are delivered, with the introduction on the Community Rehabilitation Companies in May 2015.

Winchester is still progressing through great organisational change and has been identified as one of 10 Pathfinder prisons, which will see significant investment to help reduce levels of violence and incidents of self-harm and suicide. Alongside this investment Winchester will see a new offender management model and a key worker scheme that will provide men with additional and consistent support, from appropriately trained, capable and confident staff.

Winchesters vision is one of decency, safety and engagement. Our aim is to provide a service to the men that is caring, kind and compassionate, allowing them to feel a valued member of the prison community. To ensure we are able to deliver such a service the men’s surroundings need to be clean and comfortable and as such Winchester is seeing more significant investment in fire safety and further work areas that more of our men can engage with.

Winchesters Journey is not complete and we continually seek ways to improve the conditions for both the men who live at Winchester prison and the staff that work here.

Romsey Road
SO22 5DF

Tel: 01962 723000
Fax: 01962 723001 / Westhill 01962 723108

Safer custody hotline: 01962 723320

Winchester Prison Community Mental Health Team: 01962 723000

Governor: James Bourke

Accommodation: Mostly double cells. Westhill single cells.

Operational Capacity: 685

Reception Criteria: Male local (Over 18)  Westhill adult male cat C.

HMP Winchester inspection report June 2019

HMP Winchester action plan December 2019

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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