The prison is run by HMPS as part of the North East Region. It has a capacity of 336 and the #1 governor is Alan Richer. It serves the courts from the Scottish borders to North Yorkshire and across Cumbria. Low Newton is on the outskirts of Durham city on the same site as HMP Frankland. It was built in 1965 and extended about 10 years later, becoming a women’s prison in 1998
- A and B wings: single cells.
- C and D wings: single cells and double cells
- E wing: first night, induction and detoxification units with single and purpose-built double cells.
- F wing: for women serving life and long-term sentences.
- G wing: the lowest-risk prisoners, with 40 single rooms.
- I wing: accommodates women serving long sentences