HM Prison Bullwood Hall
HMP Bullwood Hall viewed from the west
|Security class||Adult Male/Young Offender|
|Population||248 (as of December 2012)|
|Managed by||HM Prison Services|
|Website||Bullwood Hall at justice.gov.uk|
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". Although the series portrayed the prison in a positive light, a 2005 report condemned Bullwood Hall for still using the practice of slopping out. A year later the prison was singled out for its high levels of attempted suicides and self-harm amongst inmates.
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. As of April 2015 the site remains unsold.
Notable former inmates
- "Real Bad Girls". British Film Institute. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- "Women inmates forced to slop out". BBC News. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- "Report criticises women's prison". BBC News. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- Danny Shaw (2013-01-10). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-12.