General Information, HMP Eastwood Park

HMP Eastwood Park in South Gloucestershire opened as a female prison in March 1996, taking in prisoners from HMP Pucklechurch. The establishment opened a mother and baby unit in 2004 and the Mary Carpenter Unit (MCU) in 2005, which held 17-year-old girls. A further new unit was opened in 2009, and in 2013 it became an over 18’s only prison. HMP Eastwood Park is run by HMPS as part of the South West Region. It has a capacity of 442 and the #1 governor is Suzy Dymond-White. The prison has a very large catchment area, serving the South West, Wales , the West Midlands and the South Coast


  • Unit 1 – first night and induction unit
  • Unit 2, 3 – general unit
  • Unit 4 – complex needs unit for women with mental health problems, a learning disability   or in crisis
  • Unit 5 – enhanced and drug recovery community wing
  • Unit 6 – general unit
  • Unit 7 – low security enhanced unit for prison orderlies and women on release on temporary licence
  • Unit 8 – Kinnon Unit for those undergoing drug and alcohol detoxification, including a first night unit
  • Unit 9 – mother and baby unit
  • Unit 10 – Nexus Programme Unit for women with personality disorders.

Units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 were considered closed units, offering a restricted regime. Units 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 were perceived as open units, where women had more freedom, although they were still contained within the prison’s secure fence.


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