General Information, HMP Swansea

Swansea, which was built in the 1800’s and serves the courts of South Wales. It has been a local male prison since 1922, holding both adults and young offenders and held up to 435 prisoners. In the 1980s Swansea was the pioneer of the Listener scheme, and in 2012, it piloted and opened a drug recovery and drug abstinence wing. It is run by HMPS as part of the Wales region, and the #1 governor is Graham Barrett


  • A wing –  185 general population
  • B wing –   51 first night & induction
  • C wing –   40  drug abstinence and full-time workers
  • D wing –   116general population
  • E wing –    the segregation unit,
  • F wing –     59 general population
  • G wing-      52 resettlement

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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