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Resettlement Units

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL1328, tabled on 13 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the usable operational capacity in each prison designated as a resettlement prison.

Answered on

22 July 2015

As at 26 June 2015, 95% of male and female offenders aged 18 and over with less than three months to serve were held in a designated resettlement prison.

It is not possible to provide the usable operational capacity of each resettlement prison, however the operational capacity of each resettlement prison as at 26 June 2015 is set out in the following table.

The Operational Capacity of a prison is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. It is determined by Deputy Directors of Custody on the basis of operational judgement and experience.

The useable operational capacity of the prison estate is the sum of all prisons’ operational capacity, less 2,000 places. This is known as the operating margin which provides an allowance to reflect the constraints imposed by the need to provide separate accommodation for different classes of prisoners; i.e. by gender, age, security category, conviction status, single cell risk assessment and also geographical distribution. The operating margin is a measure that is applied to the estate as a whole and it is therefore not possible to provide the usable operational capacity for each prison.

The Operational Capacity of Prisons in England and Wales on 26 June 2015

Prison

Operational Capacity

Altcourse

1,093

Ashfield

400

Askham Grange

128

Bedford

506

Belmarsh

906

Birmingham

1,450

Blantyre House

0

Brinsford

455

Bristol

614

Brixton

798

Bronzefield

527

Bullingdon

1,114

Cardiff

820

Channings Wood

731

Chelmsford

745

Coldingley

519

Doncaster

1,145

Dovegate

1,133

Downview

0

Drake Hall

340

Durham

995

East Sutton Park

100

Eastwood Park

363

Elmley

1,175

Exeter

561

Featherstone

687

Feltham

594

Ford

524

Forest Bank

1,460

Foston Hall

345

Frankland

844

Glen Parva

728

Grendon

233

Guys Marsh

579

Hatfield

266

Haverigg

644

Hewell

1,279

High Down

1,163

Highpoint

1,300

Hindley

398

Hollesley Bay

424

Holloway

591

Holme House

1,210

Hull

1,044

Humber

1,026

Isis

622

Kennet

342

Kirkham

657

Kirklevington Grange

283

Lancaster Farms

549

Leeds

1,212

Leicester

411

Lewes

722

Leyhill

527

Lincoln

729

Liverpool

1,386

Low Newton

344

Manchester

1,286

Moorland

1,006

Mount, The

1,020

New Hall

425

North Sea Camp

420

Northumberland

1,348

Norwich

769

Nottingham

1,060

Oakwood

1,605

Onley

747

Parc

1,723

Pentonville

1,316

Peterborough (Female)

384

Peterborough (Male)

868

Portland

531

Preston

790

Ranby

1,098

Risley

1,095

Rochester

738

Send

282

Spring Hill

335

Standford Hill

464

Stoke Heath

782

Styal

485

Sudbury

600

Swansea

455

Thameside

1,080

Thorn Cross

381

Usk / Prescoed

273

Wandsworth

1,658

Wayland

1,015

Wealstun

833

Winchester

685

Woodhill

727

Wormwood Scrubs

1,279

Note: Blantyre House and Downview are currently out of use.

Prison population and capacity information for every prison in England and Wales, as well as the total population and useable operational capacity of the prison estate is published monthly on the Government website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-population-statistics