HM Prison Bullwood Hall

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HMP Bullwood Hall
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HMP Bullwood Hall viewed from the west
Location Hockley, Essex
Security class Adult Male/Young Offender
Population 248 (as of December 2012)
Opened 1960s
Closed 2013
Managed by HM Prison Services
Website Bullwood Hall at justice.gov.uk

HM Prison Bullwood Hall is a former Category C men's prison and Young Offenders Institution, located in Hockley, Essex, England. The prison was operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

History[edit]

Bullwood Hall was built in the 1960s originally as a female borstal. Over time the prison also began to hold female adult prisoners.

In 2002 Bullwood Hall was featured in a series of six 30 minute documentaries titled "The Real Bad Girls".[1] Although the series portrayed the prison in a positive light, a 2005 report condemned Bullwood Hall for still using the practice of slopping out.[2] A year later the prison was singled out for its high levels of attempted suicides and self-harm amongst inmates.[3]

Bullwood Hall continued to serve as a women's prison until 2006, when it was announced that it was to be converted into a Category C male prison, due to a shortage of male prison places.

On 10 January 2013 it was announced by the government that Bullwood Hall is one of 7 British prisons to be closed. The prison closed on Thursday the 28th of March 2013.[4]

Notable former inmates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Bad Girls". British Film Institute. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Women inmates forced to slop out". BBC News. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Report criticises women's prison". BBC News. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Danny Shaw (2013-01-10). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 

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Coordinates: 51°35′38″N 0°37′59″E / 51.59389°N 0.63306°E / 51.59389; 0.63306