HMP Wakefield is a high security prison for men typically in categories A and B. It is one of eight high security prisons across England and is a main lifer centre with a focus on serious sex offenders. Wakefield has been the site of a prison since 1594, the current prison is built around a Victorian style radial floor plan
There are four main residential wings – A, B, C and D – which were built around a Victorian style radial floor plan. Each wing has four levels and holds approximately 185 prisoners in single cells.
A major refurbishment of the accommodation was completed in 2006, and this gave the facility of kitchens on all units so that the prisoners can prepare their own meals. Association areas are also provided on each unit.
B wing houses a small unit for remand prisoners with a separate and contained regime, and also house prisoners with serious physical disabilities in special larger cells. A separate wing houses the segregation unit and the close supervision centre.