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Life Sentence Prisoners

Volume 81: debated on Monday 17 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of prisons in the United Kingdom which are used as training prisons for inmates serving life sentences; and if he will list the prisons concerned.

Excluding local prisons and remand centres which initially accommodate life sentence prisoners, 44 prison service establishments now accommodate life sentence prisoners. The 29 adult male establishments are as follows:

  • (a) Eight category B dispersal prisons—(prisoners who have been placed in security category A are accommodated in these prisons):
    • Albany
    • Frankland
    • Gartree
    • Hull
    • Long Lartin
    • Parkhurst
    • Wakefield
    • Wormwood Scrubs
  • (b) Nine other category B establishments:
    • Blundeston
    • Bristol
    • Coldingley
    • Dartmoor
    • Grendon (also takes male young offenders—see below)
    • Kingston
    • Lewes
    • Nottingham
    • Maidstone
  • (c) Eight category C establishments:
    • Acklington
    • Featherstone
    • Haverigg
    • Lancaster
    • Norwich
    • Preston
    • The Verne
    • Wayland
  • (d) Four category D establishments:
    • Ashwell
    • Ford
    • Leyhill
    • Sudbury
    The six establishments holding females and the ten establishments holding young male offenders are not categorised but are as follows:

  • (a) Six female establishments:
    • Askham Grange
    • Bullwood Hall
    • Cookham Wood
    • Durham
    • Holloway
    • Styal
  • (b) Ten young offender establishments:
    • Aylesbury
    • Chelmsford
    • Exeter
    • Finnamore Wood
    • Grendon (also takes adult males)
    • Liverpool
    • Lowdham Grange
    • Northallerton
    • Rochester
    • Swinfen Hall

    Two further category C establishments for adult males, Stocken and Channings Wood, are expected to receive life sentence prisoners in the autumn. It is also planned to accommodate young male lifers in Castington which is a youth custody centre at present under construction.