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HM Prison Preston

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Location  Preston, Lancashire
Governor  Steve Lawrence
Phone  +44 1772 444550
Managed by  HM Prison Services
Opened  1790
Capacity  750
HM Prison Preston
Population  Av. 757 (as of April 2011)
Website  Preston at
Address  2 Ribbleton Ln, Preston PR1 5AB, UK
Security class  Prisoner security categories in the United Kingdom
Similar  Sessions House - Preston, Ribbleton railway station, Fishergate Baptist Church, Carey Baptist Church - P, Tulketh Hall

HM Prison Preston is a Category B men's prison, located in the St Matthew's area of Preston in Lancashire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.



There has been a prison on the current site of HMP Preston since 1790, however it was completely rebuilt as a Victorian radial design prison between 1840 and 1895. Closed from 1931 to 1939, the prison was used by the military from 1939 to 1948. That year, the prison was converted back to civilian use. It was re-roled as a Category B prison for local adult males in 1990.

In October 1999, an inspection report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons stated that progress at the prison was being impeded by "obstructive and uncooperative staff" who "used a heavy-handed approach with inmates and relied on strength of numbers rather than personal relationships to keep order."

In July 2001, it was revealed that Preston was the most overcrowded prison in England and Wales. Statistics showed that Preston had a 78% rate of overcrowding. Three years later, a report from the Prison Reform Trust again highlighted Preston as being the most overcrowded prison, with 90% of inmates sharing single cells.

The prison today

Preston is a Category B prison holding local adult males, remanded or sentenced from Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts serving Lancashire and Cumbria.


HM Prison Preston Wikipedia

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