General Information, HMP Leyhill

HMP Leyhill originally opened with hutted accommodation in 1946 (it was formerly a United States Army Air Forces wartime hospital) and was the first independent, minimum security prison in England and Wales and has no perimeter security fence. It was established to adopt an experimental approach to the rehabilitation of selected long-term prisoners. New housing units were build around 30 years ago providing single room accommodation. The redevelopment provided a central kitchen, dining room and staff club. Later additions in the 90’s added a visits complex, reception, chapel, hospital and facilities for the farms and gardens, works department, physical education and education departments. In 2002, new accommodation units were added and in 2010, the Lobster Pot, a day care centre for prisoners over the age of 50 was set up. Around 3 year ago the visitors centre ( not strictly part of the prison) was shut and the land it stood on sold. The prison is run by HMPS as part of the South West region and has a capacity of 527, the #1 governor is Chantel King. 


Three units – A, B and C – each on two floors

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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