General Information, Forest Bank

The prison opened in 2000 under a 25-year private finance initiative (PFI) contract to provide 800 places as a category B local prison. Spaces gradually increased to 1,160 before a 264-place extension was opened in November 2009. Following a reduction in prisoner places, the establishment now holds 1,364 remand and sentenced adult males and remanded young adults (18-21 year olds). The majority of the prisoners are from Wigan, Leigh, Bolton and Bury.



Wings A-F are the original prison; G and H are the new buildings added in 2009. The wings hold the following:

  • A1 Young adults
  • A2, B1, B2, C1 General
  • C2, D1, D2 Vulnerable prisoners
  • E1 First night and induction
  • E2, F1, F2 General
  • G1 Recovery wing
  • G2 Resettlement
  • H1 First night ISMS
  • H2 ISMS motivational unit
  • Health care inpatients (19 bed)

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