HMP Wakefield

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HMP Wakefield is a high-security prison for men typically in security categories A and B.

HMP Wakefield was originally built as a house of correction in 1594. The current prison was designated a ‘dispersal' prison in 1966 (the longest of the remaining original group). It is now a main lifer centre with the focus on serious sex offenders. The average prison roll is approximately 740 including approximately 100 Category A and 10 High Risk Category A prisoners.

Wakefield houses a Close Supervision Centre (CSC) a small therapeutic centre aiming to provide a supportive, safe, structured and consistent environment for some of the most challenging offenders.

Its long and illustrious history has been documented in a superb publication called ‘Round the Mulberry Bush' written by a previous governor.


5 Love Ln, Wakefield WF2 9AG