The prison opened almost 200 years ago but was rebuilt as recently as 1881 (!) It holds adult males over 21 and young adults, who are sentenced, convicted and remand prisoners from Tyneside, Durham and Cumbria courts.
- A, B, C and D wings – general population
- E wing – first night and induction unit
- F wing – vulnerable prisoner unit
- I wing – integrated support unit (17 beds) for those with significant mental health problems
- G wing – segregation unit and a hospital unit of six beds.