General Information, Portland

Originally built in 1848 to hold convicted prisoners, Portland doubled in size following the acquisition of land from the Admiralty in 1910. From 1921 to 1983 it was a borstal. In April 2011, its role changed to an adult and young offender establishment. It is run by HMPS as part of the South West Region and has a capacity of 560, the #1 governor is Steve Hodson, who has been in charge since April 2017.


There are 7 house blocks:

  • Benbow – 89 places
  • Raleigh -89 places
  • Drake -79 places
  • Grenville -62 places, mainly young adults
  • Nelson -72 places, mainly young adults
  • Collingwood -35 places, first night and induction unit
  • Beaufort – 99 places
  • Care and separation unit (CSU)

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The solicitors are all experts on how the Prison Service/Criminal Law  system works and will be able to provide to you the necessary advice and support to ensure you or your loved ones are treated fairly. These lawyers are "small enough to care about you, but big enough to fight for you"

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