HMP Birmingham, General Information

Birmingham is a Victorian local prison with modern additions. In 2004 it underwent considerable change as a result of a multi-million pound investment programme by the Prison Service, with the addition of 450 prisoner places, new workshops, educational facilities, a new health care centre and gymnasium, as well as extensions and improvements to existing facilities.

Birmingham is the first-ever British public sector prison to be transferred into the private sector estate, with G4S managing the 15-year contract since October 2011. HMP Birmingham holds adult male prisoners, both convicted and unconvicted, on category B and category C; there is also a small population of retained category D prisoners, with a capacity of 919.

The prison was damaged in a serious disturbance in December 2016 and is not yet fully operational. It is part of the West Midlands Region and the #1 director is Peter Small.

The accommodation comprises

  • A wing – general prisoners
  • B wing – largest unit with general prisoners, also houses the care and separation unit (CSU)
  • C wing – general prisoners
  • D wing – first night centre
  • G wing – general prisoners
  • J wing – social care and older persons unit
  • K wing – working unit holding general prisoners
  • L wing – not in use
  • M wing – not in use
  • N wing – not in use
  • P wing – not in use
  • Health care unit with two inpatient wards


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