HMP Dovegate, General Information

Dovegate opened in 2001. In September 2009, new accommodation was opened to increase capacity, with half the 260 spaces dedicated to local prisoner places. It is run by Serco. It is split into 2 units, the main prison housing 860 and the Therapeutic Community having a capacity of 200. The #1 governor is John Hewitson. The prison is part of the West Midlands Region.


The accommodation in the main prison is:

  • House block 1
    • A wing General wing
    • B wing General wing
    • C wing General wing
    • D wing General wing
    • E wing General wing
  • House block 2
    • F wing General wing
    • G wing Vulnerable prisoner unit
    • H wing Vulnerable prisoner unit
    • J wing General wing
    • K wing Cellular confinement and accommodation for prisoners aged 50+
  • House block 3
    • L wing General wing
    • M wing Integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) wing
    • N wing Remand prisoners
    • P wing General wing


The Therapeutic Community is houses in 6 two-storey residential units: four hold 40 men and two hold 20. All cells are single occupancy with en-suite facilities.


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5 thoughts on “HMP Dovegate, General Information”

  1. Could I please arrange a visit to Michael Kwiakowski (on remand at P wing (I believe)).He is being held on alleged Arson charge.I used to visit Michael,as a support worker,and have written a letter to him recently.As a consequence I received a phone call,from a female officer Wall (?),on my answer phone.The message was a week ago.Could I pass on my home telephone number,which gives a much better reception
    Tell Michael he can contact me on this number in the evening.Many thanks
    John Routledge
    Tel:01782 397042
    Mob: 0783 455 9543

  2. Hi I had a call 2 weeks ago of a female prison officer and said my boyfriend Daniel Donovan would be contacting me shortly but haven’t heard anything of him and I’m really concerned could you please ask him to get in touch with me thanks, my mobile number 07984883729.

    1. Kerry,

      DoingTime has no contact with HMP Dovegate, we are an independent web site.

      You could try calling the prison direct (the phone number is on our web site), but I suspect you will be told “we are not his secretarial service, if he wants to ring you he will ring you”. You may get as sympathetic officer, but I wouldn’t be holding my breathe. The quickest way to make contact with him is via email. Go to and follow the links to the external company which provides this service, or rely on good old fashioned snail mail.

      Sorry we can’t be more helpful



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