General Information, HMP Altcourse

Altcourse opened in December 1997 as a category A prison and restructured to a category B core local prison 4 years later. An extension to the prison was built in 2007.


There are various house blocks divided into individual units, each holding between 60 and 90 prisoners.

  • Beechers Blue – induction wing and RCU
  • Beechers Green – induction wing and RCU
  • Canal Green and Blue – general accommodation
  • Foinavon Blue – family unit
  • Foinavon Green – general accommodation
  • Foinavon Red – unit for enhanced level prisoners
  • Furlong Green – substance misuse recovery unit
  • Furlong Red – induction wing, RCU and detoxification unit
  • Melling Blue – vulnerable prisoner accommodation
  • Melling Brown – vulnerable prisoner accommodation, induction wing and reverse cohort unit (RCU)
  • Reynoldstown Brown and Blue – general accommodation
  • Valentines Red and Green – general accommodation

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