HMP High Down
HMP High Down opened in 1992 and currently operates as a Category B local male prison, with an operational capacity of 1203. The prison was built on the site of a former psychiatric hospital, and was originally made up of four residential houseblocks, each with three spurs and three landings. Each houseblock holds around 180 prisoners in single and double occupancy cells. In 2009 a further two houseblocks opened, holding 178 prisoners in single accommodation. Both sets of houseblocks contain specially adapted disabled cells and a lift system. All cells have integral sanitation, all landings have their own shower facilities and access to the PIN phone system. A new gymnasium and an Educational Centre with 21 classrooms have further been added to the prison. We provide a range of facilities for prisoners, including a Resettlement Centre with extensive advice services, a Healthcare Centre and training workshops.
HMP High Down became a Reform Prison on 1st July 2016. This means that the Executive Governor has more freedom and flexibility to find innovative ways of rehabilitating offenders, as well as greater autonomy to allow new providers and new ideas to flourish. In October 2016 the Governor received confirmation of HMP High Down’s transition to a Category C training prison. This will enable us to provide increased levels of activity for prisoners, as well as a wider range of educational and training opportunities to support those in custody and prepare for a crime-free life on release.