General Details, HMP Frankland

The prison is run by HMPS as part of the North East Region, and is part of the High Security Estate. It is has a capacity of 844 and the #1 governor is Paddy Fox. Built just over 40 years ago on the outskirts of Durham, the prison hold high and standard risk Cat A prisoners and Cat B’s.


The original 4 wings A-D each hold 108 prisoners. F wing, added in the 90’s holds 88 prisoners, and J wing 120. The Westgate PSPD unit, for prisoners with severe personality disorders can hold up to 65 prisoners and is where the PIPE unit is located. In-patient healthcare can hold up to 13 prisoners.

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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