General Information, HMP Manchester

Manchester Prison opened in June 1868 and is located about 1 mile north of the city centre. A major disturbance in 1990, when the prison was known as HMP Strangeways, required the prison to be substantially rebuilt. The prison moved into the Directorate of High Security Estate in April 2003. It hold Cat A prisoners and lower risk Cat B prisoners

Accommodation: There are 2 major “radial” blocks A-E and G-K for prisoners 

  • A wing: first night/induction unit
  • B wing: general population; trial, convicted and sentenced
  • C wing: long-term and life-sentenced prisoners, drug-free/voluntary testing unit, full-time workers
  • D wing: general population; trial, convicted and sentenced
  • E wing inner: category A unit, including some category B and escape list prisoners
  • E wing outer: vulnerable prisoners’ unit, segregation unit, specialist interventions unit
  • G wing: general population; trial, convicted and sentenced
  • H wing: post-detoxification stabilisation unit, plus a separate unit H1 reintegration unit delivering specialist intervention (Steps 2 Change) supporting relocation back to normal location
  • I wing: drug detoxification prescribing unit running in partnership with the substance misuse service Delphi
  • K wing: vulnerable prisoners’ unit
  • M wing: health care inpatients’ unit

 

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