General Information, HMP Peterborough

Peterborough is operated under a 25-year DCMF contract awarded by the Ministry of Justice to Peterborough Prison Management Ltd., which sub-contracts the operator, Sodexo Justice Services (formerly Kalyx). It opened on 28 March 2005, and holds Cat B and C prisoners. It is run as part of the East of England region and has a capacity of 868. The #1 governor is Damien Evans, who has been in charge since October 2016.

Accommodation

The residential units are 3 house blocks. Each has 4 wings and each wing has 2 landings. All wings are self contained with a servery, showers, baths and association space. All cells have fitted furniture and each wing has purpose-built double cells. Other cells are single, some of which have been adapted for two prisoners.

 

There are 12 wings in total, four on each of the three house blocks.

House block 3:

  • W1 – First night and induction unit
  • X1 – Integrated drug treatment system and first night centre for those requiring detoxification or stabilisation
  • Y1 – Remand prisoners
  • Z1 – Remand prisoners

House block 4:

  • W2 – Convicted prisoners
  • X2 – Convicted prisoners
  • Y2 – Convicted prisoners
  • Z2 – Convicted prisoners on the enhanced level of the incentives and earned privileges scheme

House block 5:

  • Burghley wing – Convicted prisoners on the enhanced level of the incentives and earned privileges scheme, veterans, over-50s and those participating in release on temporary licence
  • Royce wing – Safeguarding unit for vulnerable prisoners
  • Cavell wing – Convicted category C prisoners whom the prison aims to progress to Burghley wing
  • Nene wing – Convicted category C prisoners whom the prison aims to progress to Burghley wing

Return to Peterborough

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