Built over 150 years ago with 3 wings positioned around the centre Exeter has undergone many additions and alterations over the intervening years, the latest being a refurbished reception, new visits hall and a social care unit (F wing). The prison is a male cat B local prison holding prisoners sent from the courts of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. It is run by HMPS as part of the South West region and has a capacity of 561 and the #1 governor is Peter Elbourn.
- A wing – holds 194 general population
- B wing – holds 87 VPs
- C wing – holds 189 general population C4 landing houses prisoners requiring integrated drug treatment (IDT).
- D wing – holds 80 enhanced prisoners
- F wing – hold 11 prisoners needing social care includes the ‘Jubilee Suite’, a palliative care room for terminally ill prisoners