General Details, HMP Elmley

The establishment opened in 1992 and is a purpose built local Prison serving all courts in the county of Kent.. Elmley is one of six Bullingdon design prisons in England and is the largest of the three prisons within the Sheppey Group.


  • House block1 – First night centre and residential unit
  • House block 2 – Remand and convicted adults and young adults
  • House block 3 – Integrated drug treatment system addressing the needs of remand and convicted adults and young adults with alcohol or drug problems
  • House block 4 – Remand and convicted adults and young adults
  • House block 5 – Category C resettlement unit
  • House block 6 – This unit holds vulnerable prisoners and foreign national prisoners on two separate spurs. These prisoners are a mix of remand or convicted adults or young adults and those held on behalf of the Home Office

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On Tuesday 24th March it was announced that all prisons in the UK would go into a "lock down" state, as a result on Covid19.  In simple terms it means that prisoners will be confined to their cells for the vast majority of each day, being unlocked only for meals and very limited exercise periods. All social visits are cancelled with immediate effect.

The prison staff will ensure that medical requirements will be met as per usual but there will be no "association periods" for the prisoners. Undoubtably this will be difficult and stressful for a number of prisoners, but the prison authorities are acting for the greater good of the majority of prisoners and staff.

Any establishment specific queries you may have should be directed to the prisons