HMP Stafford, General Information

HMP Stafford was first opened in 1793 as the New Staffordshire Gaol and although some of the original building remains, the present establishment is mainly Victorian (notably the Main Hall and Crescent wings). The prison was closed between 1916 and 1939, reopening at the outbreak of the second world war to house both males and females. The female section of the prison closed within a few years of reopening, and for many years afterwards HMP Stafford held young offenders as well as adults. The prison was given a new role in August 2014 as a category C sex offender prison. The prison is part of the West Midlands region and the #1 governor is B J Butler. The prison has a capacity of 741 and is operated by HMPS.


  • A wing 108 Mainstream prisoners
  • B wing 72 Mainstream prisoners
  • C wing 126 Mainstream prisoners
  • D wing 85 Mainstream prisoners and Induction
  • E wing 155 Vulnerable prisoners
  • F wing 155 Vulnerable prisoners
  • G wing 40 enhanced prisoners


Whilst the wings have been refurbished the accommodation reflects the age and heritage of the building.


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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