General Information, HMP Risley

Risley opened in 1964 as a male and female remand centre. In 1989 the male part of the prison became a training prison. The training prison was expanded further and refurbished in 2003 with the addition of a new wing. The sex offender population was relocated to separate residential areas in 2009. In 2009, Risley became a hub for up to 200 foreign national prisoners. There is a  drug recovery unit on C Wing.


  • A wing – category C prisoners, with several foreign national prisoners
  • B wing – induction/first night unit for mainstream category C prisoners
  • C wing – developing incentivised substance-free l iving unit
  • D wing – category C prisoners E wing – prisoners convicted of sexual offences
  • F wing – prisoners convicted of sexual offences; transitioning to a self-isolators support unit
  • G wing – prisoners convicted of sexual o ffences (including older prisoners and those with a disability)
  • R1 – independent living unit for prisoners on the enhanced level of the incentives scheme
  • Segregation unit

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