The prison is part of the North East Region and is run by HMPS. It has a capacity of 283 and the #1 governor is Steve Robson. Situated near Yarm, 10 miles from Middlesbrough and Darlington, Kirklevington opened as a junior detention centre in 1962 becoming a specialist resettlement prison 30 years later. It is the largest of this type of prison with a regime for long-term prisoners in need of resettlement. In 2008, an additional housing block was built increasing the population to 283.
All the rooms are single occupancy cells
- A, B, C, F, G, H, J and R units – single rooms in the main building
- D and E units – 40 single rooms with en-suite facilities in two prefabricated buildings
- K unit – 40 single rooms in a prefabricated building
- L unit – 60 single rooms with en-suite facilities; opened in 2008