General Information, HMP Low Newton

The prison is run by HMPS as part of the North East Region. It has a capacity of 352 and the #1 governor is Gabrielle Lee. It serves the courts from the Scottish borders to North Yorkshire and across Cumbria. Low Newton is on the outskirts of Durham city on the same site as HMP Frankland. It was built in 1965 and extended about 10 years later, becoming a women’s prison in 1998


  • Aykley, Bede, Cuthbert, Dunelm wings – mainstream prisoners.
  • Elvet wing housed the first night centre and induction unit as well as a small substance misuse unit.
  • Finchale wing accommodated long-term and indeterminate sentenced women, as well as 12 prisoners benefiting from the Primrose Offend er Personality Disorder Service.
  • Giles wing had a lower security specification and was used as a 40-room wing for women on recovery considered to be at low risk of using drugs.
  • India wing consisted of a self-contained PIPE unit.

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