HMP Birmingham, General Information

HMP Birmingham is a local prison with a total of 11 residential wings. The original Victorian wings were built in 1849 and these have been added to by more modern accommodation, most recently in 2004, which includes four new wings, a health centre, a gym, an education centre and workshops. There are specific wings for older prisoners, detoxification, sex offenders and vulnerable prisoners, and those new to the establishment.

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 with a capacity of 1450. The prison was damaged in a serious disturbance in December 2016 and has undergone some refurbishment. It is part of the West Midlands Region and the #1 director is Rob Kellett who has been in charge since February 2018.


The accommodation comprises

  • Five residential units (A, C, K, L, and M wings) accommodate remanded and convicted prisoners
  • B wing provides integrated drug treatment service detoxification
  • D wing is the first night centre
  • J wing is a social care unit
  • N and P wings accommodate sex offenders and other vulnerable prisoners
  • G wing is closed at the present  time.

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